Two-photon excitation microscopy is one of the key techniques used to observe three-dimensional (3-D) structures in biological samples. We utilized a visible-wavelength laser beam for two-photon excitation in a multifocus confocal scanning system to improve the spatial resolution and image contrast in 3-D live-cell imaging. Experimental and numerical analyses revealed that the axial resolution has improved for a wide range of pinhole sizes used for confocal detection. We observed the 3-D movements of the Golgi bodies in living HeLa cells with an imaging speed of 2 s per volume. We also confirmed that the time-lapse observation up to 8 min did not cause significant cell damage in two-photon excitation experiments using wavelengths in the visible light range. These results demonstrate that multifocus, two-photon excitation microscopy with the use of a visible wavelength can constitute a simple technique for 3-D visualization of living cells with high spatial resolution and image contrast.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Biomedical Engineering