Nerve spectroscopy: understanding peripheral nerve autofluorescence through photodynamics

Methods: Samples from various human peripheral nerves were selected postoperatively. Nerve fibers were divided into three groups: Group A nerve fibers were washed with a physiologic solution; Group B nerve fibers were fixated with formaldehyde for 6 h first, and then washed with a physiologic solution; Group C nerve fibers were fixated with formaldehyde for six…

Nerve autofluorescence in near-ultraviolet light markedly enhances nerve visualization in vivo

Methods: We exposed sciatic nerves within the posterior thigh in five 250-300 gm Wistar rats, then observed them at four different NUV intensity levels: 20%, 35%, 50%, and 100%. Brightness of fluorescence was measured by fluorescence spectroscopy, quantified as a fluorescence score using Image-J software, and statistically compared between nerves, background, and both an artery and…