1. Heart rate sensitive optical coherence angiography

    Heart rate sensitive optical coherence angiography

    Optical coherence angiography (OCA) enables visualisation of three-dimensional micro-vasculature from optical coherence tomography data volumes. Typically, various statistical methods are used to discriminate static tissue from blood flow within vessels. In this paper, we introduce a new method that relies upon the beating heart frequency to isolate blood vessels from the surrounding tissue. Vascular blood flow is assumed to be more strongly modulated by the heart-beat compared to surrounding tissue and therefore short-time Fourier transform of sequential measurements can discriminate the two. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that adjacent B-Scans within an OCT data volume can provide the required sampling frequency ...

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