THREE-DIMENSIONAL AND MULTIDIMENSIONAL MICROSCOPY: IMAGE ACQUISITION AND PROCESSING XXV, 2018
Whole-brain imaging is challenging because it demands microscopes with high temporal and spatial resolution, which are often at odds, especially in the context of large fields of view. We have designed and built a light-sheet microscope with digital micromirror illumination and light-field detection. On the one hand, light sheets provide high resolution optical sectioning on live samples without compromising their viability. On the other hand, light field imaging makes it possible to reconstruct full volumes of relatively large fields of view from a single camera exposure; however, its enhanced temporal resolution comes at the expense of spatial resolution, limiting its applicability. We present an approach to increase the resolution of light field images using DMD-based light sheet illumination. To that end, we develop a method to produce synthetic resolution targets for light field microscopy and a procedure to correct the depth at which planes are refocused with rendering software. We measured the axial resolution as a function of depth and show a three-fold potential improvement with structured illumination, albeit by sacrificing some temporal resolution, also three-fold. This results in an imaging system that may be adjusted to specific needs without having to reassemble and realign it. This approach could be used to image relatively large samples at high rates.