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Researchers from Tokyo University of Science and Osaka University used near-infrared hyperspectral imaging to quantitatively analyze the distribution of lipids in a mouse liver. The ability to do so, using hyperspectral imaging, charts a course for noninvasive diagnostics of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NALFD), which can cause liver failure and other diseases.
The method, which is also label-free, follows research that used near-infrared hyperspectral imaging to visualize plaques in the blood vessels of rabbits and fatty acids in pork. Current methods for diagnosing NAFLD are invasive, relying on biopsy samples.
The work focused on mice that were given a normal diet or one of three distinct high-fat diets that were also…READ MORE