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Enhancing the OCT images by the low-coherence fringe envelope deconvolution method
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Paper Abstract

The Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) technique proves a subsurface structure investigating along the penetration depth of incident light. The basic principle of this technique is to locate the envelope maximum position of low-coherence interference fringes obtained under the controllable displacement of the reference mirror in interferometer. The obtained OCT image presents a result of convolution of random tissue internal structure presented by a path-length-resolved diffuse reflectance with interferometer response on the ideal change of optical path difference, i.e. with a low-coherence fringe envelope, which has usually known Gaussian form. To increase the OCT image resolution, the deconvolution method can be used. In this paper, the application results of the iterative van Cittert algorithm of deconvolution to the OCT images are presented. Experimental results demonstrate the increase of the envelope peaks after 3 - 5 iterations approximately in 1.5 times with better resolution between them. The tissues tomograms calculated using van Cittert algorithm are presented. Some OCT image details lost in the usual OCT tomograms are visible and more contrast.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2004
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5486, ALT'03 International Conference on Advanced Laser Technologies: Biomedical Optics, (29 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.572020
Show Author Affiliations
Jukka T. Hast, Univ. of Oulu (Finland)
Igor P. Gurov, St. Petersburg Institute of Fine Mechanics and Optics (Russia)
Erkki Alarousu, Univ. of Oulu (Finland)
Alexey Zakharov, St. Petersburg Institute of Fine Mechanics and Optics (Russia)
Risto A. Myllyla, Univ. of Oulu (Finland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5486:
ALT'03 International Conference on Advanced Laser Technologies: Biomedical Optics
Ruikang K. Wang; Jeremy C. Hebden; Alexander V. Priezzhev; Valery V. Tuchin, Editor(s)

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