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Spatial refractive index measurement of porcine artery using differential phase OCT
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Paper Abstract

We describe a methodology to record spatial variation of refractive index of porcine renal artery using differential phase optical coherence tomography (DP-OCT). DP-OCT provides a quantitative measure of thin specimen phase retardation and refractive index with phase resolution of 5 nm and lateral resolution of 3 mm. DP-OCT instrumentation is an all-fiber, dual channel Michelson interferometer constructed using polarization maintaining fiber. Two orthogonal polarization modes of light are spatially separated using a Wollaston prism and directed into separate photoreceivers. Because phase noise in the environment is equally present in both channels, computation of phase difference between the two signal channels is attributed exclusively to variation in the specimen's composite refractive index. Porcine renal artery is freshly harvested from a local slaughter house. The lumen is cut open and sliced at 5 mm thickness. Microscopic slide for the tissue section is processed by standard histology method with mounting media. Two dimensional en face dual-channel phase images are taken over 150 mm x 200 mm region on the microscopic slide and the images are reconstructed by plotting relative phase variation as the OCT beam is moved across the artery cross section.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 2004
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5316, Coherence Domain Optical Methods and Optical Coherence Tomography in Biomedicine VIII, (1 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.529835
Show Author Affiliations
Jeehyun Kim, Univ. of Texas/Austin (United States)
Digant P. Dave, Univ. of Texas/Austin (United States)
Chris Rylander, Univ. of Texas/Austin (United States)
Marc D. Feldman, Univ. of Texas Health Science Ctr. (United States)
Sharon L. Thomsen M.D., Univ. of Texas/Austin (United States)
Thomas E. Milner, Univ. of Texas/Austin (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5316:
Coherence Domain Optical Methods and Optical Coherence Tomography in Biomedicine VIII
Valery V. Tuchin; Joseph A. Izatt; James G. Fujimoto, Editor(s)

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