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Optical coherence tomography for the diagnosis of human otitis media
Author(s): Nam Hyun Cho; Unsang Jung; Jeong Hun Jang; Woonggyu Jung; Jeehyun Kim; Sang Heun Lee; Stephen A. Boppart
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Paper Abstract

We report the application of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) to various types of human cases of otitis media (OM). Whereas conventional diagnostic modalities for OM, including standard and pneumatic otoscopy, are limited to visualizing the surface information of the tympanic membrane (TM), OCT is able to effectively reveal the depth-resolved microstructural below the TM with a very high spatial resolution. With the potential advantage of using OCT for diagnosing different types of OM, we examined in-vivo the use of 840 nm wavelength, and OCT spectral domain OCT (SDOCT) techniques, in several human cases including normal ears, and ears with adhesive and effusion types of OM. Peculiar positions were identified in two-dimensional OCT images of abnormal TMs compared to images of a normal TM. Analysis of A-scan (axial depth-scans) data from these positions could successfully identify unique patterns for different constituents within effusions. These OCT images may not only be used for constructing a database for the diagnosis and classification of OM, but they may also demonstrate the feasibility and advantages for upgrading the current otoscopy techniques.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 May 2013
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 8879, Nano-Bio Sensing, Imaging, and Spectroscopy, 88790N (20 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2017723
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Nam Hyun Cho, Kyungpook National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Unsang Jung, Kyungpook National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Jeong Hun Jang, Kyungpook National Univ. Hospital (Korea, Republic of)
Woonggyu Jung, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (Korea, Republic of)
Jeehyun Kim, Kyungpook National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Sang Heun Lee, Kyungpook National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Stephen A. Boppart, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology (United States)
Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8879:
Nano-Bio Sensing, Imaging, and Spectroscopy
Shin Won Kang; Seung-Han Park; Luke P. Lee; Ki-Bong Song; Yo Han Choi, Editor(s)

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