1. Robust, accurate depth-resolved attenuation characterization in optical coherence tomography

    Robust, accurate depth-resolved attenuation characterization in optical coherence tomography

    Depth-resolved optical attenuation coefficient is a valuable tissue parameter that complements the intensity-based structural information in optical coherent tomography (OCT) imaging. Herein we systematically analyzed the under- and over-estimation bias of existing depth-resolved methods when applied to real biological tissues, and then proposed a new algorithm that remedies these issues and accommodates general OCT data that contain incomplete decay and noise floor, thereby affording consistent estimation accuracy for practical biological samples of different scattering properties. Compared with other algorithms, our method demonstrates remarkably improved estimation accuracy and numerical robustness, as validated via numerical simulations and on experimental OCT data obtained ...

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