1. Upper limit for angular compounding speckle reduction

    Upper limit for angular compounding speckle reduction

    Angular compounding is a technique for reducing speckle noise in optical coherence tomography that is claimed to significantly improve the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of images without impairing their spatial resolution. Here, we examine how focal point movements caused by optical aberrations in an angular compounding system may produce unintended spatial averaging and concomitant loss of spatial resolution. Experimentally, we accounted for such aberrations by aligning our system and measuring distortions in images and found that when the distortions were corrected, the speckle reduction by angular compounding was limited. Our theoretical analysis using Monte Carlo simulations indicates that “pure” angular compounding ...

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