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    1. Review of intraoperative optical coherence tomography: technology and applications [Invited]

      Review of intraoperative optical coherence tomography: technology and applications [Invited]

      During microsurgery, en face imaging of the surgical field through the operating microscope limits the surgeon’s depth perception and visualization of instruments and sub-surface anatomy. Surgical procedures outside microsurgery, such as breast tumor resections, may also benefit from visualization of the sub-surface tissue structures. The widespread clinical adoption of optical coherence tomography (OCT) in ophthalmology and its growing prominence in other fields, such as cancer imaging, has motivated the development of intraoperative OCT for real-time tomographic visualization of surgical interventions. This article reviews key technological developments in intraoperative OCT and their applications in human surgery. We focus on handheld ...

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    2. The ecosystem that powered the translation of OCT from fundamental research to clinical and commercial impact [Invited]

      The ecosystem that powered the translation of OCT from fundamental research to clinical and commercial impact [Invited]

      25 years is a relatively short period of time for a medical technology to become a standard of care impacting the treatment of millions of people every year. Yet 25 years ago there were no OCT companies, no OCT products, no OCT markets, and only one journal article published using the term OCT (optical coherence tomography). OCT has had a tremendous scientific, clinical, and economic impact on society. Today, it is estimated that there are ~30 Million OCT imaging procedures performed worldwide every year and the OCT system market is approaching $1B per year. OCT has helped diagnose patients with ...

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    3. Wasatch Photonics Unleashes Game Changing Spectral-domain OCT Spectrometer

      Wasatch Photonics Unleashes Game Changing Spectral-domain OCT Spectrometer

      Wasatch Photonics Inc. announced its new OCT spectrometer, Cobra-S, offering unbeatable ultra-high speeds of 250,000 lines per second and enhanced roll-off performance for deeper sample penetration with the highest image clarity. The Cobra-S can be designed into near infrared OCT systems for research and OEM applications. A part of the Wasatch Photonics’ industry-leading Cobra spectrometer line, the Cobra-S is designed for a wide variety of spectral-domain OCT applications including ophthalmology, dermatology, angiography, oncology and industrial use. “Cobra-S is the result of our commitment to provide researchers and industry partners with the latest technology that enables and drives new applications ...

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    4. Optical coherence tomography-integrated, wearable (backpack-type), compact diagnostic imaging modality for in situ leaf quality assessment

      Optical coherence tomography-integrated, wearable (backpack-type), compact diagnostic imaging modality for in situ leaf quality assessment

      We developed a compact, wearable diagnostic imaging modality employing optical coherence tomography for in situ plant leaf quality assessments. This system is capable of diagnosing infected leaves at the initial disease stages. Our system is a versatile backpack-type imaging modality with a compact spectrometer, miniature computer, rechargeable power source, and handheld inspection probe. This method enhances real-time in situ specimen inspection through direct implementation of the imaging modality in a plantation. To evaluate the initial performance, field experiments were conducted in apple, pear, and persimmon plantations. Based on the obtained results, we can conclude that the developed imaging modality can ...

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    5. Computational optical coherence tomography [Invited]

      Computational optical coherence tomography [Invited]

      Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has become an important imaging modality with numerous biomedical applications. Challenges in high-speed, high-resolution, volumetric OCT imaging include managing dispersion, the trade-off between transverse resolution and depth-of-field, and correcting optical aberrations that are present in both the system and sample. Physics-based computational imaging techniques have proven to provide solutions to these limitations. This review aims to outline these computational imaging techniques within a general mathematical framework, summarize the historical progress, highlight the state-of-the-art achievements, and discuss the present challenges.

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    6. History of Intraoperative OCT

      History of Intraoperative OCT

      Pars plana vitrectomy is almost a half-century old, and the earliest probes were powered by batteries, said Cynthia A. Toth, MD, the Joseph A.C. Wadsworth professor of ophthalmology at Duke University Medical Center. OCT imaging has “revolutionized our pre- and postoperative assessment,” she said, “but while our tools have advanced, our microscopes have not.” Although OCT granted surgeons the ability to visualize anatomical abnormalities in the retina, surgeons returned to en face OCT-free views during surgery. Dr. Toth noted there are “three staged developments in OCT – stage A was intraoperative OCT,” where a two-dimensional view outside the microscope gave ...

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    7. Detailed Vascular Anatomy of the Human Retina by Projection-Resolved Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography

      Detailed Vascular Anatomy of the Human Retina by Projection-Resolved Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography

      Optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) is a noninvasive method of 3D imaging of the retinal and choroidal circulations. However, vascular depth discrimination is limited by superficial vessels projecting flow signal artifact onto deeper layers. The projection-resolved (PR) OCTA algorithm improves depth resolution by removing projection artifact while retaining in-situ flow signal from real blood vessels in deeper layers. This novel technology allowed us to study the normal retinal vasculature in vivo with better depth resolution than previously possible. Our investigation in normal human volunteers revealed the presence of 2 to 4 distinct vascular plexuses in the retina, depending on location ...

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    8. Analysis of Craniocardiac Malformations in Xenopus using Optical Coherence Tomography : Scientific Reports

      Analysis of Craniocardiac Malformations in Xenopus using Optical Coherence Tomography : Scientific Reports

      Birth defects affect 3% of children in the United States. Among the birth defects, congenital heart disease and craniofacial malformations are major causes of mortality and morbidity. Unfortunately, the genetic mechanisms underlying craniocardiac malformations remain largely uncharacterized. To address this, human genomic studies are identifying sequence variations in patients, resulting in numerous candidate genes. However, the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis for most candidate genes are unknown. Therefore, there is a need for functional analyses in rapid and efficient animal models of human disease. Here, we coupled the frog Xenopus tropicalis with Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) to create a fast and ...

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    9. Visualizing dynamics of angiogenic sprouting from a three-dimensional microvasculature model using stage-top optical coherence tomography

      Visualizing dynamics of angiogenic sprouting from a three-dimensional microvasculature model using stage-top optical coherence tomography

      Three-dimensional (3D) in vitro microvasculature in a polydimethylsiloxane-based microdevice was developed as a physiologically relevant model of angiogenesis. The angiogenic process is monitored using stage-top optical coherence tomography (OCT). OCT allows non-invasive monitoring of the 3D structures of the prepared host microvasculature and sprouted neovasculature without fluorescence staining. OCT monitoring takes only a few minutes to scan through the several-millimetre scale range, which provides the advantage of rapid observation of living samples. The obtained OCT cross-sectional images capture 3D features of the angiogenic sprouting process and provide information on the dynamics of luminal formation. The stage-top system used in this ...

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    10. Flexible, high-resolution micro-optical coherence tomography endobronchial probe toward in vivo imaging of cilia

      Flexible, high-resolution micro-optical coherence tomography endobronchial probe toward in vivo imaging of cilia

      We report the design and fabrication of a flexible, longitudinally scanning high-resolution micro-optical coherence tomography (μOCT) endobronchial probe, optimized for micro-anatomical imaging in airways. The 2.4 mm diameter and flexibility of the probe allows it to be inserted into the instrument channel of a standard bronchoscope, enabling real-time video guidance of probe placement. To generate a depth-of-focus enhancing annular beam, we utilized a new fabrication method, whereby a hollow glass ferrule was angle-polished and gold-coated to produce an elongated annular reflector. We present validation data that verifies the preservation of linear scanning, despite the use of flexible materials. When ...

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    11. Dermoscopy guided dark-field multi-functional optical coherence tomography

      Dermoscopy guided dark-field multi-functional optical coherence tomography

      Dermoscopy is a skin surface microscopic technique allowing specular reflection free observation of the skin, and has been used to examine pigmented skin lesions. However, dermoscopy has limitations in providing depth information due to lack of 3D resolution. In order to overcome the limitations, we developed dermoscopy guided multi-functional optical coherence tomography (MF-OCT) providing both high-contrast superficial information and depth-resolved structural, birefringent, and vascular information of the skin simultaneously. Dermoscopy and MF-OCT were combined by using a dichroic mirror, and dark-field configuration was adapted for MF-OCT to reduce specular reflection. After characterization, dermoscopy guided MF-OCT was applied to several human ...

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    12. Measurement of dynamic cell-induced 3D displacement fields in vitro for traction force optical coherence microscopy

      Measurement of dynamic cell-induced 3D displacement fields in vitro for traction force optical coherence microscopy

      Traction force microscopy (TFM) is a method used to study the forces exerted by cells as they sense and interact with their environment. Cell forces play a role in processes that take place over a wide range of spatiotemporal scales, and so it is desirable that TFM makes use of imaging modalities that can effectively capture the dynamics associated with these processes. To date, confocal microscopy has been the imaging modality of choice to perform TFM in 3D settings, although multiple factors limit its spatiotemporal coverage. We propose traction force optical coherence microscopy (TF-OCM) as a novel technique that may ...

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    13. Endoscopic optical coherence tomography angiography microvascular features associated with dysplasia in Barrett's esophagus: a pilot study (with video)

      Endoscopic optical coherence tomography angiography microvascular features associated with dysplasia in Barrett's esophagus: a pilot study (with video)

      Background and Aims Angiogenesis is associated with neoplastic progression of Barrett’s esophagus (BE). Volumetric optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) visualizes subsurface microvasculature without exogenous contrast agents. We investigated the association of OCTA microvascular features with low-grade dysplasia (LGD) and high-grade dysplasia (HGD). Methods Fifty-two patients undergoing BE surveillance or endoscopic eradication therapies for dysplasia were imaged using volumetric OCTA and corresponding histological diagnoses obtained, to yield 97 data sets (non-dysplastic BE (NDBE): N=74; LGD: N=10; HGD: N=13). After evaluating OCTA image quality, 54 datasets (NDBE: N=35; LGD: N=8; HGD: N=11) from 32 patients ...

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    14. Senior Systems Engineer in Swept Source Engines at Axsun Technologies

      Senior Systems Engineer in Swept Source Engines at Axsun Technologies

      Job Summary In this role you will make vital contributions to our cutting-edge products in the rapidly growing field of Optical Coherence Tomography Medical Imaging for ophthalmology, cardiology, dermatology, and cancer detection. Responsibilities Analysis and design of complex optical, electro-mechanical systems with a focus on swept source engines for Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Develop and demonstrate feasibility of novel concepts in swept lasers, OCT, and related optical imaging technologies Work closely with cross functional teams to define, test, and validate system level specifications to meet customer requirements Perform data analysis, compare numerical predictions and experimental results, present findings and review ...

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    15. Optical coherence elastography – OCT at work in tissue biomechanics [Invited]

      Optical coherence elastography – OCT at work in tissue biomechanics [Invited]

      Optical coherence elastography (OCE), as the use of OCT to perform elastography has come to be known, began in 1998, around ten years after the rest of the field of elastography – the use of imaging to deduce mechanical properties of tissues. After a slow start, the maturation of OCT technology in the early to mid 2000s has underpinned a recent acceleration in the field. With more than 20 papers published in 2015, and more than 25 in 2016, OCE is growing fast, but still small compared to the companion fields of cell mechanics research methods, and medical elastography. In this ...

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    16. Optical coherence tomography based angiography [Invited]

      Optical coherence tomography based angiography [Invited]

      Optical coherence tomography (OCT)-based angiography (OCTA) provides in vivo, three-dimensional vascular information by the use of flowing red blood cells as intrinsic contrast agents, enabling the visualization of functional vessel networks within microcirculatory tissue beds non-invasively, without a need of dye injection. Because of these attributes, OCTA has been rapidly translated to clinical ophthalmology within a short period of time in the development. Various OCTA algorithms have been developed to detect the functional micro-vasculatures in vivo by utilizing different components of OCT signals, including phase-signal-based OCTA, intensity-signal-based OCTA and complex-signal-based OCTA. All these algorithms have shown, in one way ...

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    17. VCSEL-based swept source for low-cost optical coherence tomography

      VCSEL-based swept source for low-cost optical coherence tomography

      We present a novel wavelength-swept laser source for optical coherence tomography (OCT) which is based on the conventional laser diode technology of the verticalcavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL). In our self-heating sweep VCSEL (SS-VCSEL), a VCSEL device is simply driven by ramped pulses of currents in direct intensity modulation. The intrinsic property of VCSEL produces a frequency-swept output through the self-heating effect. By the injected current, the temperature of the active region is gradually increased in this effect. Consequently, it changes the wavelength of the laser output by itself. In this study, various characteristics of our SS-VCSEL were experimentally investigated for ...

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    18. Detection of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia by using optical coherence tomography in combination with microscopy

      Detection of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia by using optical coherence tomography in combination with microscopy

      Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a noninvasive high-resolution imaging technique that permits the detection of cancerous and precancerous lesions of the uterine cervix. The purpose of this study was to evaluate a new system that integrates an OCT device into a microscope. OCT images were taken from loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) specimens under microscopic guidance. The images were blinded with respect to their origin within the microscopic image and analyzed independently by two investigators using initially defined criteria and later compared to the corresponding histology. Sensitivity and specificity were calculated with respect to the correct identification of high-grade squamous ...

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    19. Coherence properties of short cavity swept lasers

      Coherence properties of short cavity swept lasers

      It has been shown theoretically and experimentally that short cavity swept lasers are passively mode locked. We develop a mathematical model of these lasers and the light field solutions are used to predict the coherence length and coherence revival behavior. The calculations compare favorably with data from a 990–1100 nm laser swept at 100 kHz suitable for optical coherence tomography applications.

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    20. A simplified algorithm for digital fringe analysis in two-wave interferometry with sinusoidal phase modulation

      A simplified algorithm for digital fringe analysis in two-wave interferometry with sinusoidal phase modulation

      A compact simplified algorithm for digital detection of the amplitude and phase of the interferometric signal delivered by a two-wave interferometer with sinusoidal phase modulation is presented. The algorithm consists of simple mathematical combinations of four frames obtained by integration by a camera of the time-varying intensity in an interference pattern during the four successive quarters of the modulation period. The algorithm is invariant by circular permutation of the four image frames. Any set of four consecutive frames can be used for the calculations, which simplifies the practical implementation of the method. A numerical simulation has been carried out to ...

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    21. Farsiu Wins ARVO Foundation/Pfizer Ophthalmics Carl Camras Translational Research Award

      Farsiu Wins ARVO Foundation/Pfizer Ophthalmics Carl Camras Translational Research Award

      Sina Farsiu , an associate professor at Duke University with appointments in biomedical engineering, ophthalmology, electrical and computer engineering, and computer science, has won the 2017 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Foundation/Pfizer Ophthalmics Carl Camras Translational Research Award . Reserved for scientists under age 45, the award honors excellence in research and fundamental scientific discoveries, concepts and novel technologies. The discovery that each recipient is nominated for must also have led to, or have promise of leading to, clinical applications. Farsiu will receive the award, which includes a $12,000 honorarium, at the 2017 ARVO Annual Meeting held ...

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    22. Intracoronary optical coherence tomography: Clinical and research applications and intravascular imaging software overview

      Intracoronary optical coherence tomography: Clinical and research applications and intravascular imaging software overview

      By providing valuable information about the coronary artery wall and lumen, intravascular imaging may aid in optimizing interventional procedure results and thereby could improve clinical outcomes following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Intravascular optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a light-based technology with a tissue penetration of approximately 1 to 3 mm and provides near histological resolution. It has emerged as a technological breakthrough in intravascular imaging with multiple clinical and research applications. OCT provides detailed visualization of the vessel following PCI and provides accurate assessment of post-procedural stent performance including detection of edge dissection, stent struts apposition, tissue prolapse, and healing ...

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    23. OCT-based full crystalline lens shape change during accommodation in vivo

      OCT-based full crystalline lens shape change during accommodation in vivo

      The full shape of the accommodating crystalline lens was estimated using custom three-dimensional (3-D) spectral OCT and image processing algorithms. Automatic segmentation and distortion correction were used to construct 3-D models of the lens region visible through the pupil. The lens peripheral region was estimated with a trained and validated parametric model. Nineteen young eyes were measured at 0-6 D accommodative demands in 1.5 D steps. Lens volume, surface area, diameter, and equatorial plane position were automatically quantified. Lens diameter & surface area correlated negatively and equatorial plane position positively with accommodation response. Lens volume remained constant and surface area ...

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