1. Imaging myocardial fiber orientation using polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography

    Imaging myocardial fiber orientation using polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography

    Knowledge of myocardial fiber architecture is essential towards understanding heart functions. We demonstrated in this study a method to map cardiac muscle structure using the local optical axis obtained from polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PSOCT). An algorithm was developed to extract the true local depth-resolved optical axis, retardance, and diattenuation from conventional round-trip results obtained in a Jones matrix-based PSOCT system. This method was applied to image the myocardial fiber orientation in a bovine heart muscle sample.

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