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A standard model eye with micro scale multilayer structure for ophthalmic optical coherence tomography equipment
Author(s): Zhenggang Cao; Zengqian Ding; Zhixiong Hu; Tao Wen; Wen Qiao; Wenli Liu
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Paper Abstract

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has been widely applied in diagnosis of eye diseases during the last 20 years. Differing from traditional two-dimension imaging technologies, OCT could also provide cross-sectional information of target tissues simultaneously and precisely. As well known, axial resolution is one of the most critical parameters impacting the OCT image quality, which determines whether an accurate diagnosis could be obtained. Therefore, it is important to evaluate the axial resolution of an OCT equipment. Phantoms always play an important role in the standardization and validation process. Here, a standard model eye with micro-scale multilayer structure was custom designed and manufactured. Mimicking a real human eye, analyzing the physical characteristic of layer structures of retina and cornea in-depth, appropriate materials were selected by testing the scattering coefficient of PDMS phantoms with difference concentration of TiO2 or BaSO4 particles. An artificial retina and cornea with multilayer-films which have a thickness of 10 to 60 micrometers for each layer were fabricated using spin coating technology. Considering key parameters of the standard model eye need to be traceable as well as accurate, the optical refractive index and layer structure thicknesses of phantoms were verified by utilizing Thickness Monitoring System. Consequently, a standard OCT model eye was obtained after the retinal or corneal phantom was embedded into a water-filled model eye which has been fabricated by 3D printing technology to simulate ocular dispersion and emmetropic refraction. The eye model was manufactured with a transparent resin to simulate realistic ophthalmic testing environment, and most key optical elements including cornea, lens and vitreous body were realized. By investigating with a research and a clinical OCT system respectively, the OCT model eye was demonstrated with similar physical properties as natural eye, and the multilayer film measurement provided an effective method to rapidly evaluate the axial resolution of ophthalmic OCT devices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 October 2016
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10155, Optical Measurement Technology and Instrumentation, 101552E (19 October 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2247009
Show Author Affiliations
Zhenggang Cao, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
Zengqian Ding, Soochow Univ. (China)
Zhixiong Hu, National Institute of Metrology (China)
Tao Wen, National Institute of Metrology (China)
Wen Qiao, Soochow Univ. (China)
Wenli Liu, National Institute of Metrology (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10155:
Optical Measurement Technology and Instrumentation
Sen Han; JiuBin Tan, Editor(s)

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