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    1. Detection and characterisation of biopsy tissue using quantitative optical coherence elastography (OCE) in men with suspected prostate cancer

      Detection and characterisation of biopsy tissue using quantitative optical coherence elastography (OCE) in men with suspected prostate cancer

      We present first quantitative three-dimensional (3D) data sets recorded using optical coherence elastography (OCE) for the diagnosis and detection of prostate cancer (PCa). 120 transrectal ultrasound guided prostate biopsy specimens from 10 men suspected with prostate cancer were imaged using OCE. 3D quantitative mechanical assessment of biopsy specimens obtained in kilopascals (kPa) at an interval of 40 µm was compared with histopathology. Sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values were calculated for OCE in comparison to histopathology. The results show OCE imaging could reliably differentiate between benign prostate tissue, acinar atypical hyperplasia, prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia and malignant PCa. The ...

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    2. Effect of Atorvastatin Therapy on Fibrous Cap Thickness in Coronary Atherosclerotic Plaque as Assessed by Optical Coherence Tomography The EASY-FIT Study

      Effect of Atorvastatin Therapy on Fibrous Cap Thickness in Coronary Atherosclerotic Plaque as Assessed by Optical Coherence Tomography The EASY-FIT Study

      Background The detailed mechanism of plaque stabilization by statin therapy is not fully understood. Objectives The aim of this study was to assess the effect of lipid-lowering therapy with 20 mg/day of atorvastatin versus 5 mg/day of atorvastatin on fibrous cap thickness in coronary atherosclerotic plaques by using optical coherence tomography (OCT). Methods Seventy patients with unstable angina pectoris and untreated dyslipidemia were randomized to either 20 mg/day or 5 mg/day of atorvastatin therapy. OCT was performed to assess intermediate nonculprit lesions at baseline and 12-month follow-up. Results Serum low-density lipoprotein cholesterol level was significantly lower ...

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    3. Leading Irish University Bio-Photonics Laboratory And Compact Imaging Extend Agreement For Innovative Research Collaboration

      Leading Irish University Bio-Photonics Laboratory And Compact Imaging Extend Agreement For Innovative Research Collaboration

      NUI Galway’s TOMI Lab Provides Globally-Recognized Scientific Leadership for Advanced Development of Company’s Mobile OCT Technology The National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) ( www.nuigalway.com.ie ) and Compact Imaging, Inc. (CI) ( www.compactimaging.com ) today jointly announced the extension of their innovative research collaboration in the field of optical coherence tomography (OCT) for a variety of applications, including mobile health monitoring and identity verification. The research agreement will continue the advanced development of CI’s novel multiple reference OCT sensor technology, MRO™, very small, low cost, low operating power OCT architecture ideal for high volume mobile ...

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    4. Post Doctoral Position Opening at The Coherence Imaging Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

      Post Doctoral Position Opening at The Coherence Imaging Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

      The Coherence Imaging Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks a highly motivated Postdoc to perform research in ultrahigh-resolution optical coherence tomography (UHR-OCT). Research activities will involve optical system construction and data acquisition hardware and software. They will also involve biological studies of cells and tissues primarily related to our lab's ongoing efforts in Marine Biology. Candidates with a strong background in optics and data acquisition are particularly sought, but should also demonstrate a genuine interest in biological and biomedical science. A demonstrated record of publication in peer-reviewed journals is required to be competitive for ...

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    5. Depth-encoded all-fiber swept source polarization sensitive OCT

      Depth-encoded all-fiber swept source polarization sensitive OCT

      Polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) is a functional extension of conventional OCT and can assess depth-resolved tissue birefringence in addition to intensity. Most existing PS-OCT systems are relatively complex and their clinical translation remains difficult. We present a simple and robust all-fiber PS-OCT system based on swept source technology and polarization depth-encoding. Polarization multiplexing was achieved using a polarization maintaining fiber. Polarization sensitive signals were detected using fiber based polarization beam splitters and polarization controllers were used to remove the polarization ambiguity. A simplified post-processing algorithm was proposed for speckle noise reduction relaxing the demand for phase stability. We ...

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    6. Optical coherence elastography for tissue characterization: a review

      Optical coherence elastography for tissue characterization: a review

      Optical coherence elastography (OCE) represents the frontier of optical elasticity imaging techniques and focuses on the micro-scale assessment of tissue biomechanics in 3D that is hard to achieve with traditional elastographic methods. Benefit from the advancement of optical coherence tomography, and driven by the increasing requirements in nondestructive biomechanical characterization, this emerging technique recently has experienced a rapid development. In this paper, we start with the description of the mechanical contrast that has been employed by OCE and review the state-of-the-art techniques based on the reported applications and discuss the current technical challenges, emphasizing the unique role of OCE in ...

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    7. Monte Carlo modeling of angiographic optical coherence tomography

      Monte Carlo modeling of angiographic optical coherence tomography

      Optical coherence tomography (OCT) provides both structural and angiographic imaging modes. Because of its unique capabilities, OCT-based angiography has been increasingly adopted into small animal and human subject imaging. To support the development of the signal and image processing algorithms on which OCT-based angiography depends, we describe here a Monte Carlo-based model of the imaging approach. The model supports arbitrary three-dimensional vascular network geometries and incorporates methods to simulate OCT signal temporal decorrelation. With this model, it will be easier to compare the performance of existing and new angiographic signal processing algorithms, and to quantify the accuracy of vascular segmentation ...

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    8. Trimodality imaging system and intravascular endoscopic probe: combined optical coherence tomography, fluorescence imaging and ultrasound imaging

      Trimodality imaging system and intravascular endoscopic probe: combined optical coherence tomography, fluorescence imaging and ultrasound imaging

      In this Letter, we present a trimodality imaging system and an intravascular endoscopic probe for the detection of early-stage atherosclerotic plaques. The integrated system is able to acquire optical coherence tomography (OCT), fluorescence, and ultrasound images and simultaneously display them in real time. A trimodality intravascular endoscopic probe of 1.2 mm in diameter and 7 mm in length was fabricated based on a dual-modality optical probe that integrates OCT and fluorescence imaging functions and a miniature ultrasound transducer. The probe is capable of rotating at up to 600 rpm. Ex vivo images from rabbit aorta and human coronary arteries ...

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    9. Quantitative elasticity measurement of urinary bladder wall using laser-induced surface acoustic waves

      Quantitative elasticity measurement of urinary bladder wall using laser-induced surface acoustic waves

      The maintenance of urinary bladder elasticity is essential to its functions, including the storage and voiding phases of the micturition cycle. The bladder stiffness can be changed by various pathophysiological conditions. Quantitative measurement of bladder elasticity is an essential step toward understanding various urinary bladder disease processes and improving patient care. As a nondestructive, and noncontact method, laser-induced surface acoustic waves (SAWs) can accurately characterize the elastic properties of different layers of organs such as the urinary bladder. This initial investigation evaluates the feasibility of a noncontact, all-optical method of generating and measuring the elasticity of the urinary bladder. Quantitative ...

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    10. Breathing laser as an inertia-free swept source for high-quality ultrafast optical bioimaging

      Breathing laser as an inertia-free swept source for high-quality ultrafast optical bioimaging

      We demonstrate an all-fiber breathing laser as inertia-free swept source (BLISS), with an ultra-compact design, for the emerging ultrafast bioimaging modalities. The unique feature of BLISS is its broadband wavelength-swept operation ( ∼ 60     nm ) with superior temporal stability in terms of both long term (0.08 dB over 27 h) and shot-to-shot power variations (2.1%). More importantly, it enables a wavelength sweep rate of > 10     MHz ( ∼ 7 × 10 8     nm / s )—orders-of-magnitude faster than the existing swept sources based on mechanical or electrical tuning techniques. BLISS thus represents a practical and new generation of swept source operating in the unmet ...

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    11. Institute of Physics and University of Manchester Optical Coherence Tomography II Meeting December 3rd Manchester UK

      Institute of Physics and University of Manchester Optical Coherence Tomography II Meeting December 3rd Manchester UK

      We invite you to join us for an exciting day discussing recent developments in optical coherence tomography (OCT). This follows on our successful meeting in 2011. We hope this meeting will be of interest to a broad audience coming from industry, clinics and academia. Send us your talk and poster abstracts! Topics include, but are not limited to: Clinical applications of OCT (e.g. ophthalmology, cardiology, dermatology) Industrial applications of OCT (e.g. nondestructive testing) Life science applications in OCT (e.g. cell biology, tissue engineering) Multimodal applications including OCT (e.g. combination of fluorescence, Raman and OCT) Biophotonics themes ...

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    12. Microanatomy of the tympanic membrane in chronic myringitis obtained with optical coherence tomography

      Microanatomy of the tympanic membrane in chronic myringitis obtained with optical coherence tomography

      A microscope-based optical coherence tomography (OCT) device was used to assess the microanatomy of the tympanic membrane in patients with chronic myringitis. A prospective study was designed for this purpose. OCT measurements of the tympanic membrane were done on 11 patients with myringitis with a microscope-based spectral domain OCT system. The in vivo findings were compared with those findings of a control group consisting of 36 patients with retraction pockets or atrophic tympanic membranes ( n = 13), myringosclerosis ( n = 12) and perforations ( n = 11). In active chronic myringitis, the thickness of the tympanic membrane is increased compared to healthy membranes and ...

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    13. Macrophages and intravascular optical coherence tomography bright spots: a quantitative study

      Macrophages and intravascular optical coherence tomography bright spots: a quantitative study

      Objectives We hypothesized that bright spots in intravascular optical coherence tomography (IVOCT) images may originate by co-localization of plaque materials of differing indices of refraction (IR). To quantitatively identify bright spots, we developed an algorithm that accounts for factors including tissue depth, distance from light source, and signal-to-noise ratio. We used this algorithm to perform a bright spot analysis of IVOCT images, and compared these results with histologic examination of matching tissue sections. Background Although bright spots are thought to represent macrophages in IVOCT images, studies of alternative etiologies have not been reported. Methods Fresh human coronary arteries (n=14 ...

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    14. Optical coherence tomography in the 2um wavelength regime for paint and other high opacity materials

      Optical coherence tomography in the 2um wavelength regime for paint and other high opacity materials

      An optical coherence tomography system using a compact fiber source emitting amplified spontaneous emission at central wavelength of 1960 nm with bandwidth of 40 nm is developed to enhance the probing depth in a highly scattering material with low water content. Examples of application to paint are used to demonstrate significantly improved penetration depth in high opacity materials in the 2-μm wavelength regime.

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    15. Low coherence interferometry approach for aiding fine needle aspiration biopsie

      Low coherence interferometry approach for aiding fine needle aspiration biopsie

      We present portable preclinical low-coherence interference (LCI) instrumentation for aiding fine needle aspiration biopsies featuring the second-generation LCI-based biopsy probe and an improved scoring algorithm for tissue differentiation. Our instrument and algorithm were tested on 38 mice with cultured tumor mass and we show the specificity, sensitivity, and positive predictive value of tumor detection of over 0.89, 0.88, and 0.96, respectively.

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    16. Three-dimensional motion correction using speckle and phase for in vivo computed optical interferometric tomography

      Three-dimensional motion correction using  speckle and phase for in vivo computed optical  interferometric tomography

      Over the years, many computed optical interferometric techniques have been developed to perform high-resolution volumetric tomography. By utilizing the phase and amplitude information provided with interferometric detection, post-acquisition corrections for defocus and optical aberrations can be performed. The introduction of the phase, though, can dramatically increase the sensitivity to motion (most prominently along the optical axis). In this paper, we present two algorithms which, together, can correct for motion in all three dimensions with enough accuracy for defocus and aberration correction in computed optical interferometric tomography. The first algorithm utilizes phase differences within the acquired data to correct for motion ...

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    17. A Novel Approach to Characterizing the Growth of a Fouling Layer during Membrane Filtration via Optical Coherence Tomography

      A Novel Approach to Characterizing the Growth of a Fouling Layer during Membrane Filtration via Optical Coherence Tomography

      Fouling control is one of the critical issues in membrane filtration and plays a very important role in water/wastewater treatment. Better understanding of the underlying fouling mechanisms entails novel characterization techniques that can realize a real-time non-invasive observation and provide high resolution images recording the formation of a fouling layer . This work presents a characterization method based on optical coherence tomography (OCT), which is able to detect the internal structures and motions by analyzing the interference signals. An OCT system was incorporated with a lab-scale membrane filtration system, and the growth of the fouling layer was observed by using ...

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    18. Adaptive optics optical coherence tomography at 1 MHz

      Adaptive optics optical coherence tomography at 1 MHz

      Image acquisition speed of optical coherence tomography (OCT) remains a fundamental barrier that limits its scientific and clinical utility. Here we demonstrate a novel multi-camera adaptive optics (AO-)OCT system for ophthalmologic use that operates at 1 million A-lines/s at a wavelength of 790 nm with 5.3 μm axial resolution in retinal tissue. Central to the spectral-domain design is a novel detection channel based on four high-speed spectrometers that receive light sequentially from a 1 × 4 optical switch assembly. Absence of moving parts enables ultra-fast (50ns) and precise switching with low insertion loss (−0.18 dB per channel ...

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    19. Got Data? Complete a Survey About Sharing in the OCT Community to Win a $100 Gift Card!

      Got Data? Complete a Survey About Sharing in the OCT Community to Win a $100 Gift Card!

      On Sharing Data and Code in the OCT Community: The Stanford Biomedical Optics Group seeks your opinion to carry out an IRB approved study regarding perspectives on data- and code-sharing in the OCT community. All participants can enter into a drawing for a $100 gift card. If you have any additional questions, comments, or would like to enter the drawing (anyone is eligible), please contact Dr. Audrey Ellerbee at audrey@ee.stanford.edu. Survey link: http://bit.ly/1vYnlkQ .  In 2013, the number of publications mentioning OCT exceeded 12,000 – more than double the number of OCT publications from five ...

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