1. Dynamic contrast in scanning microscopic OCT

    Dynamic contrast in scanning microscopic OCT

    While optical coherence tomography (OCT) provides a resolution down to 1 µm, it has difficulties in visualizing cellular structures due to a lack of scattering contrast. By evaluating signal fluctuations, a significant contrast enhancement was demonstrated using time-domain full-field OCT (FF-OCT), which makes cellular and subcellular structures visible. The putative cause of the dynamic OCT signal is the site-dependent active motion of cellular structures in a sub-micrometer range, which provides histology-like contrast. Here we demonstrate dynamic contrast with a scanning frequency-domain OCT (FD-OCT), which we believe has crucial advantages. Given the inherent sectional imaging geometry, scanning FD-OCT provides depth-resolved images ...

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