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    1. High-throughput dark-field full-field optical coherence tomography

      High-throughput dark-field full-field optical coherence tomography

      Full-field optical coherence tomography (FF-OCT) can rapidly acquire 2D en face OCT images through a scattering medium. However, the standard interferometer configurations waste almost 75% of light. In addition, specular reflections can saturate the detector, limiting FF-OCT performance. Here, we report on a high-throughput dark-field (HTDF) FF-OCT configuration that efficiently uses the available light budget and allows suppressing specular reflections. Specifically, we demonstrate that images acquired with the HTDF FF-OCT system have 3.5 times higher signal-to-noise ratio when compared to our previously developed regular FF-OCT system.

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    2. Optical rotary junction incorporating a hollow shaft DC motor for high-speed catheter-based optical coherence tomography

      Optical rotary junction incorporating a hollow shaft DC motor for high-speed catheter-based optical coherence tomography

      In intravascular optical coherence tomography (OCT), the optical rotary junction plays an important role in rotating and pulling back the catheter to generate cross-sectional coronary artery images. To meet the requirements of high-speed intravascular OCT in a clinical setting, the rotary junction should generate high torque and low vibration. In this Letter, we demonstrate an ultrahigh speed optical rotary junction incorporating a hollow shaft brushless DC servomotor to remove a pulley belt, or a gear to minimize vibration noise and transfer stable torque. To evaluate the performance of the rotary junction, the vibration noise and variation of rotation were measured ...

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    3. Beyond Fourier transform: break the axial resolution limit in optical coherence tomography

      Beyond Fourier transform: break the axial resolution limit in optical coherence tomography

      Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a volumetric imaging modality that empowers the clinicians and scientists to noninvasively visualize and examine the microscopic cross-sectional architectures of biological samples. By taking advantages of the coherence gating, OCT could achieve micrometer-level axial sectioning with high sensitivity. In the past decade, substantial efforts have been made to push the axial resolution of Fourier-domain OCT (FD-OCT) further into the sub-micron regime via physically extending the system’s spectral bandwidth. Here, we would like to offer a new perspective on this problem. We argue that the coupling between the axial resolution and the spectral bandwidth in ...

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    4. Resolving absolute depth in circular-ranging optical coherence tomography by using a degenerate frequency comb

      Resolving absolute depth in circular-ranging optical coherence tomography by using a degenerate frequency comb

      In Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography, an interference signal is generated that spans an RF bandwidth proportional to the product of three parameters: the imaging range, the imaging speed, and the inverse of the axial resolution. Circular-ranging optical coherence tomography (CR-OCT) architectures were introduced to ease long-range imaging by decoupling the imaging range from the signal RF bandwidth. As a consequence, present CR-OCT systems resolve the relative, but not the absolute, depth location of the scatterers. We introduce here a modified implementation of CR-OCT that uses a degenerate frequency comb source that allows recovery of absolute depth information while only minimally ...

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    5. Frequency-domain optical coherence tomography system in the terahertz region

      Frequency-domain optical coherence tomography system in the terahertz region

      In this study, a frequency-domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT) system in the terahertz frequency range was developed. To generate tunable continuous-wave terahertz radiation, the outputs of two near-infrared external cavity diode lasers were mixed in an antenna-coupled photo-mixer. Using the FD-OCT system, tomographic profiling of the front and back surfaces of a high-resistivity silicon plate was realized.

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      Mentions: Osaka University
    6. CPT codes for home OCT established

      CPT codes for home OCT established

      The AMA’s CPT® Editorial Panel has accepted three new category III codes for reporting patient-initiated remote retinal OCT scans, facilitated by Notal Vision’s home-based OCT pipeline technology Notal Vision, Inc., a privately held ophthalmic diagnostic services company focused on advancing eye care with precision medicine by extending disease management from the clinic to the home, announced today that the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Editorial Panel has established three new Category III codes (0604T, 0605T, 0606T) to report patient-initiated remote retinal optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans, which is performed using Notal Vision’s home-based ...

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    7. Identification of Fungus-infected Tomato Seeds Based on Full-Field Optical Coherence Tomography

      Identification of Fungus-infected Tomato Seeds Based on Full-Field Optical Coherence Tomography

      The morphological changes of anthracnose (fungus) -infected tomato seeds have been studied to identify the infection and characterize its effect. Full-field optical coherence tomography (FF-OCT) has been utilized as a nondestructive but efficient modality for visualizing the effects of fungal infection. The cross-sectional images extracted from a stack of en face FF-OCT images showed significant changes with infection in the seed structure. First of all, the seed coat disappeared with the infection. The thickness of the seed coat of a healthy seed was measured as 28.2 µm, with a standard deviation of 1.2 µm. However, for infected seeds ...

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    8. PhotoniCare Announces FDA Clearance for First-In-Class Technology for Imaging the Ear

      PhotoniCare Announces FDA Clearance for First-In-Class Technology for Imaging the Ear

      PhotoniCare, Inc., a company dedicated to revolutionizing healthcare by providing physicians with better diagnostic tools, today announced that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) clearance for its TOMi ™ Scope for non-invasive imaging of the middle ear. Using optical coherence tomography (OCT) high resolution depth imaging, TOMi Scope helps to determine the presence or absence of fluid in the middle ear and to characterize the fluid type. According to clinical guidelines, the presence of fluid in the middle ear is a primary indicator for determining infection. Designed to eliminate subjectivity and speculation, TOMi Scope allows physicians ...

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    9. The year in cardiology: acute coronary syndromes: The year in cardiology 2019

      The year in cardiology: acute coronary syndromes: The year in cardiology 2019

      The mechanisms and the pathologic substrate of plaque erosion and plaque fissure are different. Indeed, plaques complicated by erosion tend to be matrix-rich, lipid-poor, and usually lack prominent macrophage collections, unlike plaques that rupture, which characteristically have thin fibrous caps, large lipid pools, and abundant foam cells. 9 In a prospective study in 211 patients with STEMI who underwent pre-intervention optical coherence tomography (OCT) examination for the culprit lesion, Tan et al . 10 found that trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) levels, a gut microbiota-dependent metabolite derived from dietary phosphatidylcholine and choline, were significantly and independently higher in patients with plaque fissure than ...

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    10. Interferometer-in-Spectrometer for High-Resolution Optical Coherence Tomography

      Interferometer-in-Spectrometer for High-Resolution Optical Coherence Tomography

      Ultrahigh-resolution optical coherence tomography provides an axial resolution of 1-2  μ m for resolving cellular structures of biological tissues critical for the diagnosis of diseases. However, it requires a relatively large spectral bandwidth which is not supported by the key components of the imaging system. We propose a novel spectral-domain OCT design, termed interferometer-in-spectrometer, which is able to compensate the bandwidth limitations of the grating and the line scan sensor by spectral shaping without compromising the signal intensity and adding the system cost. The advantage of axial resolution and ranging depth over the standard design is experimentally validated using the standard ...

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