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Volume 25 (2011), Issue 5, Pages 207-216

Infrared microspectroscopic imaging as a probing tool to fast distinguish chemical compositions in calcified deposits of prostatic calculi and calcific tendonitis

Shan-Yang Lin,1 Tieh-Kang Wu,1 Hong-Jen Chiou,2 Ted Hueih-Shing Hsu,3 and Chih-Cheng Lin1

1Department of Biotechnology, Yuanpei University, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, China
2Department of Radiology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, and School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan, China
3Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, Lotung Pohai Hospital, Lotung, Ilan, Taiwan, China

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The specificity and homogeneity of the real compositional components within the calcified deposits of prostatic calculi and calcific tendonitis were investigated using Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) microspectroscopy with or without automatic imaging system. The second-derivative analysis was also applied to differentiate the overlapping components of individual spectra for the calcified samples. The FT-IR microscopic imaging results of present study indicate that the complicated components such as protein, type B or type A carbonated apatite, brushite and calcium oxalate monohydrate were contained in the calcified tissue of prostatic tissue, but the protein, type A and type B carbonated apatites were mainly included in the calcific tendonitis. However, the traditional manually single-point FT-IR spectral result only reveals a little component contained in the calcified tissues, leading to an inaccurate diagnose of the complicated components in the calcified mixture.