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Journal of Biomedical Optics • Open Access

Differential phase-contrast, swept-source optical coherence tomography at 1060 nm for in vivo human retinal and choroidal vasculature visualization
Author(s): S. M. Reza Motaghiannezam; David Koos; Scott E. Fraser

Paper Abstract

Human retinal and choroidal vasculature was visualized by a differential phase-contrast (DPC) method using high-speed, swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) at 1060 nm. The vasculature was recognized as regions of motion by creating differential phase-variance (DPV) tomograms: multiple B-scans of individual slices through the retina were collected and the variance of the phase differences was calculated. DPV captured the small vessels and the meshwork of capillaries associated with the inner retina in en-face images over 4  mm2. The swept-source laser at 1060 nm offered the needed phase sensitivity to perform DPV and generated en-face images that capture motion in the inner choroidal layer exceeding the capabilities of previous spectrometer-based instruments. In comparison with the power Doppler phase-shift method, DPV provided better visualization of the foveal avascular zone in en-face images.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 2012
PDF: 6 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 17(2) 026011 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.17.2.026011
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 17, Issue 2
Show Author Affiliations
S. M. Reza Motaghiannezam, California Institute of Technology (United States)
David Koos, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Scott E. Fraser, California Institute of Technology (United States)

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