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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Speckle reduction in optical coherence tomography by frequency compounding
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Paper Abstract

We are investigating the possibility of a frequency compounding method for speckle reduction in optical coherence tomography. The method is based on incoherent summation of the magnitudes of two independent interferometric signals, which were recorded at two different center wavelengths simultaneously. We derive the corresponding statistics and compare the theoretical results with measurements obtained in a uniformly scattering sample. Finally we demonstrate our method by comparing images of human skin recorded in vivo with and without frequency compounding. The compounding method results in an increased contrast and improved image quality without loss of resolution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 2003
PDF: 5 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 8(3) doi: 10.1117/1.1578087
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 8, Issue 3
Show Author Affiliations
Michael Pircher, Univ. Wien (Austria)
Erich Götzinger, Univ. Wien (Austria)
Rainer A. Leitgeb, Univ. Wien (Austria)
Adolf Friedrich Fercher, Univ. Wien (Austria)
Christoph K. Hitzenberger, Univ. Wien (Austria)

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