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Laryngeal imaging with polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography
Author(s): James A. Burns; Ki Hean Kim; R. Rox Anderson
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Paper Abstract

Objectives/Hypothesis: Optical coherence tomography (OCT), an imaging technology that provides crosssectional subsurface tissue structure images using backscattered light, is a promising noninvasive, imaging modality for in-vivo assessment of vocal fold layered microstructure. Polarization-sensitive OCT (PS-OCT) augments conventional OCT by detecting changes in the polarization state of reflected light. This study imaged various benign laryngeal pathologies in patients undergoing direct laryngoscopy under general anesthesia to determine whether PS-OCT would provide useful additional information about vocal fold microstructure and glottic surface pathology. Study Design:Prospective clinical trial. Methods: Eighteen patients who were undergoing microlaryngoscopy under general anesthesia for benign glottic disease were imaged bilaterally with OCT and PS-OCT (N=34 vocal folds). Intraoperative microphotography guided placement of the imaging probe. Normalappearing glottic tissue was also imaged if present. When clinically indicated, biopsy or complete removal of the lesion established histologic confirmation. Results: PS-OCT provided high quality, vertical, cross-sectional images up to 1.2mm deep that complemented microlaryngoscopy, and conventional OCT for vocal fold pathologies. Scar tissue was visualized by PS-OCT, characterized by a birefringence pattern more intense than that of normal glottic tissue. Conclusions: Combining PS-OCT with OCT during human vocal cord imaging provides useful information in characterizing vocal cord lesions, particularly scar tissue.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 February 2011
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 7883, Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics VII, 78832N (18 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.875443
Show Author Affiliations
James A. Burns, Massachusetts General Hospital (United States)
Ki Hean Kim, Pohang Univ. of Science and Technology (Korea, Republic of)
R. Rox Anderson, Massachusetts General Hospital (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7883:
Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics VII
Kenton W. Gregory; Guillermo J. Tearney; Laura Marcu; Nikiforos Kollias; Bernard Choi; Haishan Zeng; Andreas Mandelis; Henry Hirschberg; Steen J. Madsen; Hyun Wook Kang; Bodo E. Knudsen; Anita Mahadevan-Jansen; E. Duco Jansen; Brian Jet-Fei Wong; Justus F. R. Ilgner, Editor(s)

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