1. Endoscopic optical coherence tomography with a focus-adjustable probe

    Endoscopic optical coherence tomography with a focus-adjustable probe

    We present a focus-adjustable endoscopic probe for optical coherence tomography (OCT), which is able to acquire images with different focal planes and overcome depth-of-focus limitations by image fusing. The use of a two-way shape-memory-alloy spring enables the probe to adjust working distance over 1.5 mm, providing a large scanning range with high resolution and no sensitivity loss. Equipped with a homemade hollow-core ultrasonic motor, the probe is capable of performing an unobstructed 360 deg field-of-view distal scanning. Both the axial resolution and the best lateral resolution are ∼ 4    μm ∼4  μm , with a sensitivity of 100.3 dB. Spectral-domain ...

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