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Journal of Biomedical Optics

In vivo full-field en face correlation mapping optical coherence tomography
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Paper Abstract

A full-field optical coherence tomography (OCT) system has been developed for the purpose of performing nonscanning en face flow imaging. The light source is centered at 840 nm with a bandwidth of 50 nm resulting in an axial resolution of 8 μm in air. Microscope objectives with a numerical aperture of 0.1 were incorporated giving a transverse resolution of 5 μm. A magnification of 5.65 was measured, resulting in a field of view of 1260×945  μm . Pairs of interference fringe images are captured with opposing phase and a two-step phase image reconstruction method is applied to reconstruct each en face image. The OCT frame rate is 10 Hz. A two-dimensional cross-correlation technique is applied to pairs of consecutive en face images in order to distinguish dynamic from static light-scatterers. The feasibility of the method was examined by simulating blood flow by creating a phantom with 5% intralipid solution. In vivo imaging of a Xenopus laevis tadpole was also performed in order to investigate the feasibility of imaging the vascular system. We present for what we believe to be the first time, the application of correlation mapping optical coherence tomography to full-field OCT to provide in vivo functional imaging of blood vessels.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 December 2013
PDF: 5 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 18(12) 126008 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.18.12.126008
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 18, Issue 12
Show Author Affiliations
Paul M. McNamara, National Univ. of Ireland, Galway (Ireland)
Hrebesh M. Subhash, National Univ. of Ireland, Galway (Ireland)
Martin J. Leahy, National Univ. of Ireland, Galway (Ireland)

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