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Automatic alignment of a high-performance interferometric medical imaging device
Author(s): Andrew T. Cenko; Bradford B. Behr; Peter B. Christensen; Arsen R. Hajian; Jan Hendrikse; Jeff T. Meade; Frederic D. Sweeney; Paul van der Vecht
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Paper Abstract

For optimal performance of a high-precision optical system, careful and stable alignment is necessary. To achieve robust alignment in a commercial system, performance tradeoffs or significant redesigns are often made. We have developed subsystems that allow us to automatically monitor and control the optical system alignment, allowing us to minimize the changes necessary between high-performance research systems and practical commercial designs. In addition, this can allow ruggedization of systems that would be too unstable otherwise. We have implemented such an alignment system in a high-performance medical interferometric imaging device with a focus on maintaining high throughput and allowing for significant system customization. The system is able to maintain near-optimal alignment without any user interaction over a large thermal range and can compensate for misalignments during initial system construction or resulting from shock events. With careful planning, the cost of such a system can be kept reasonably low and it requires minimal interruption to a normal user's workflow. We will discuss the basic principles and necessary considerations for the implementation of such a system, using the developed system as a case study. Similar technology can be used in many optical devices and is especially relevant if access by a trained technician is difficult or costly.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 February 2011
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 7890, Advanced Biomedical and Clinical Diagnostic Systems IX, 78901K (21 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.875048
Show Author Affiliations
Andrew T. Cenko, Univ. of Waterloo (Canada)
Bradford B. Behr, Univ. of Waterloo (Canada)
Peter B. Christensen, Tornado Medical Systems (Canada)
Arsen R. Hajian, Univ. of Waterloo (Canada)
Tornado Medical Systems (Canada)
Jan Hendrikse, Tornado Medical Systems (Canada)
Jeff T. Meade, Univ. of Waterloo (Canada)
Frederic D. Sweeney, Tornado Medical Systems (Canada)
Paul van der Vecht, Univ. of Waterloo (Canada)
Tornado Medical Systems (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7890:
Advanced Biomedical and Clinical Diagnostic Systems IX
Anita Mahadevan-Jansen; Tuan Vo-Dinh; Warren S. Grundfest M.D., Editor(s)

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