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Fiber-based polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography
Author(s): Christopher E. Saxer; Johannes F. de Boer; Boris Hyle Park; Yonghua Zhao; Zhongping Chen; J. Stuart Nelson
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Paper Abstract

In optical coherence tomography (OCT), mapping the polarization state of the reflected light provides additional information about tissue structure and prevents polarization induced image artifacts. As OCT is increasingly used with subjects in vivo, demands on the imaging system and data acquisition rates increase. We present a fiber- based, rapid scanning, polarization-sensitive OCT system capable of acquiring image data at the rate of 20K pixel/s. To achieve high scan rates, a rapid-scanning optical delay line generates a reference arm group delay while a waveguide-based phase modulator generates a suitable, stable carrier frequency for the detection electronics. Group delays up to 4.5 mm are obtained at frequencies approaching 1 kHz. The group delay and carrier frequency are independently controllable, which has the advantage that either the lateral or the axial scan direction may be chosen as the fast axis. Tomographic images corresponding to the intensity and polarization components of the Stokes vector describing the back scattered light are obtained by analyzing the interference signals from two orthogonally polarized channels in the detection arm for each of four polarization states incident on the sample. Polarization images of human skin taken in vivo are shown.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 April 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3915, Coherence Domain Optical Methods in Biomedical Science and Clinical Applications IV, (28 April 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.384176
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher E. Saxer, Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic (United States)
Johannes F. de Boer, Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic (United States)
Boris Hyle Park, Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic (United States)
Yonghua Zhao, Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic (United States)
Zhongping Chen, Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic (United States)
J. Stuart Nelson, Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3915:
Coherence Domain Optical Methods in Biomedical Science and Clinical Applications IV
Valery V. Tuchin; Joseph A. Izatt; James G. Fujimoto, Editor(s)

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