Development of a stand-alone DCS system for monitoring absolute cerebral blood flow
Biomedical Optics Express
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© 2019 Optical Society of America. Diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS) is a noninvasive optical technique for monitoring cerebral blood flow (CBF). This work presents a stand-alone DCS system capable of monitoring absolute CBF by incorporating a quantitative dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) technique. Multi-distance data were acquired to measure the tissue optical properties and to perform DCE experiments. Feasibility of the technique was assessed in piglets in which the optical properties were measured independently by time-resolved near-infrared spectroscopy. A strong linear correlation was observed between CBF values derived using the two sets of optical properties, demonstrating that this hybrid DCS approach can provide real-time monitoring of absolute CBF.