Optical coherence tomography—A review of the opportunities and challenges for postharvest quality evaluation
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is an established non-destructive and contactless photonic technique which has now been shown to be suitable for monitoring the near-surface internal structure of tissues in stored fruit and vegetables. Such real-time cross-sectional imaging allows for better visualisation and understanding of the temporal changes in internal structure. However, despite these advantages, problems persist around the trade-off between imaging resolution and penetration depth, image analysis and data processing, and the applicability of in situ studies outside of the laboratory setting. This review summarises previous postharvest OCT research and assesses resulting mechanistic outcomes, and future potential.