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OCT in the field of laryngology: further perspectives
Author(s): T. Just; H. W. Pau; E. Lankenau; G. Hüttmann
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Paper Abstract

Early detection of cancerous lesions of the larynx may be the best method of improving patient quality of life and survival rates. New in-vivo technologies may be of great clinical relevance in improving the accuracy of sampling during microlaryngeal surgery. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an optical imaging technique that clearly identifies basement membrane violation caused by laryngeal cancer. With a microscope-based spectral domain OCT (SD-OCT) we reached in vivo a fairly accurate assessment of benign and dysplastic laryngeal lesions. Recent improvements in OCT technology have led to the development of high-speed OCT systems displaying millions of pixels per second. These systems allow non-contact real-time imaging of large sections of laryngeal tissue. Polarization contrast OCT (PS-OCT) may provide additional information about the lamina propria of the true vocal cord because of the birefringence of connective tissue. We present microscope-based high-speed SD-OCT images with and without polarization contrast and 3D volumes of selected laryngeal pathologies in order to demonstrate our current concepts for the intended intraoperative application. High-speed SD-OCT and polarization contrast can also be complemented by our recently developed rigid confocal endoscopic system to obtain cellular and sub-cellular information about the tissue. Further perspectives will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 February 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7883, Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics VII, 78831W (18 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.886959
Show Author Affiliations
T. Just, Univ. of Rostock (Germany)
H. W. Pau, Univ. of Rostock (Germany)
E. Lankenau, OptoMedical Technologies GmbH (Germany)
G. Hüttmann, Univ. of Lübeck (Germany)


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

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