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Birefringence characterization of biological tissue using optical coherence tomography
Author(s): Matthew J. Everett; Klaus Schoenenberger; Bill W. Colston; Luiz Barroca Da Silva
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Paper Abstract

A polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (OCT) system is developed and used to measure birefringence in porcine myocardium tissue, producing 2-D cross-sectional images of the tissue birefringence. These birefringence images are then used to quantify thermal damage in the tissue. Signal to noise issues which cause systematic measurement errors are analyzed to determine the regime in which such measurements are accurate. The advantage of polarization sensitive OCT systems over standard OCT systems in avoiding image artifacts caused by birefringence is also demonstrated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 April 1998
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3251, Coherence Domain Optical Methods in Biomedical Science and Clinical Applications II, (24 April 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.306054
Show Author Affiliations
Matthew J. Everett, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Klaus Schoenenberger, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Bill W. Colston, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Luiz Barroca Da Silva, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3251:
Coherence Domain Optical Methods in Biomedical Science and Clinical Applications II
Valery V. Tuchin; Joseph A. Izatt, Editor(s)

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