1. Articles from Yifan Jian

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    1. Numerical calibration method for a multiple spectrometer-based OCT system

      Numerical calibration method for a multiple spectrometer-based OCT system

      The present paper introduces a numerical calibration method for the easy and practical implementation of multiple spectrometer-based spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) systems. To address the limitations of the traditional hardware-based spectrometer alignment across more than one spectrometer, we applied a numerical spectral calibration algorithm where the pixels corresponding to the same wavelength in each unit are identified through spatial- and frequency-domain interferometric signatures of a mirror sample. The utility of dual spectrometer-based SD-OCT imaging is demonstrated through in vivo retinal imaging at two different operation modes with high-speed and dual balanced acquisitions, respectively, in which the spectral alignment is ...

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    2. Peripheral OCT Assisted by Scleral Depression in Retinopathy of Prematurity

      Peripheral OCT Assisted by Scleral Depression in Retinopathy of Prematurity

      Objective: To determine whether handheld widefield optical coherence tomography (OCT) can be used to document retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) stage while using scleral depression to improve peripheral views. Design: Prospective observational study. Participants: Consecutive neonates admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in a single academic medical center who also met criteria for ROP screening and consented for research imaging. Methods: Scleral depression was combined with widefield OCT using an investigational 400-kHz, 55-degree field of view handheld OCT during routine ROP screening from October 28, 2020 to March 03, 2021. Main outcome measures: Acquisition of en face and B-scan ...

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    3. Advantages of Widefield Optical Coherence Tomography in the Diagnosis of Retinopathy of Prematurity

      Advantages of Widefield Optical Coherence Tomography in the Diagnosis of Retinopathy of Prematurity

      Recent advances in portable optical coherence tomography (OCT) and OCT angiography (OCTA) have resulted in wider fields of view (FOV) and shorter capture times, further expanding the potential clinical role of OCT technology in the diagnosis and management of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). Using a prototype, handheld OCT device, retinal imaging was obtained in non-sedated infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) as well as sedated infants in the operating room of Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Hospital. In this observational study, we provide an overview of potential advantages of OCT-based disease assessment in ROP. We observed that next-generation ...

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    4. Volumetric directional optical coherence tomography

      Volumetric directional optical coherence tomography

      Photoreceptor loss and resultant thinning of the outer nuclear layer (ONL) is an important pathological feature of retinal degenerations and may serve as a useful imaging biomarker for age-related macular degeneration. However, the demarcation between the ONL and the adjacent Henle’s fiber layer (HFL) is difficult to visualize with standard optical coherence tomography (OCT). A dedicated OCT system that can precisely control and continuously and synchronously update the imaging beam entry points during scanning has not been realized yet. In this paper, we introduce a novel imaging technology, Volumetric Directional OCT (VD-OCT), which can dynamically adjust the incident beam ...

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    5. 105° field of view non-contact handheld swept-source optical coherence tomography

      105° field of view non-contact handheld swept-source optical coherence tomography

      We demonstrate a handheld swept-source optical coherence tomography (OCT) system with a 400 kHz vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) light source, a non-contact approach, and an unprecedented single shot 105° field of view (FOV). We also implemented a spiral scanning pattern allowing real-time visualization with improved scanning efficiency. To the best of our knowledge, this is the widest FOV achieved in a portable non-contact OCT retinal imaging system to date. Improvements to the FOV may aid the evaluation of retinal diseases such as retinopathy of prematurity, where important vitreoretinal changes often occur in the peripheral retina.

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    6. Phase-corrected buffer averaging for enhanced OCT angiography using FDML laser

      Phase-corrected buffer averaging for enhanced OCT angiography using FDML laser

      Megahertz-rate optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) is highly anticipated as an ultrafast imaging tool in clinical settings. However, shot-noise-limited sensitivity is inevitably reduced in high-speed imaging systems. In this Letter, we present a coherent buffer averaging technique for use with a Fourier-domain mode-locked (FDML) laser to improve OCTA contrast at 1060 nm MHz-rate retinal imaging. Full characterization of spectral variations among the FDML buffers and a numerical correction method are also presented, with the results demonstrating a 10-fold increase in the phase alignment among buffers. Coherent buffer averaging provided better OCTA contrast than the conventional multi-frame averaging approach with a ...

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    7. High-speed and widefield handheld swept-source OCT angiography with a VCSEL light source

      High-speed and widefield handheld swept-source OCT angiography with a VCSEL light source

      Optical coherence tomography (OCT) and OCT angiography (OCTA) enable noninvasive structural and angiographic imaging of the eye. Portable handheld OCT/OCTA systems are required for imaging patients in the supine position. Examples include infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and operating room (OR). The speed of image acquisition plays a pivotal role in acquiring high-quality OCT/OCTA images, particularly with the handheld system, since both the operator hand tremor and subject motion can cause significant motion artifacts. In addition, having a large field of view and the ability of real-time data visualization are critical elements in rapid disease ...

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    8. Plexus-specific retinal vascular anatomy and pathologies as seen by projection-resolved optical coherence tomographic angiography

      Plexus-specific retinal vascular anatomy and pathologies as seen by projection-resolved optical coherence tomographic angiography

      Optical coherence tomographic angiography (OCTA) is a novel technology capable of imaging retinal vasculature three-dimensionally at capillary scale without the need to inject any extrinsic dye contrast. However, projection artifacts cause superficial retinal vascular patterns to be duplicated in deeper layers, thus interfering with the clean visualization of some retinal plexuses and vascular pathologies. Projection-resolved OCTA (PR-OCTA) uses post-processing algorithms to reduce projection artifacts. With PR-OCTA, it is now possible to resolve up to 4 distinct retinal vascular plexuses in the living human eye. The technology also allows us to detect and distinguish between various retinal and optic nerve diseases ...

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    9. Real-time retinal layer segmentation of OCT volumes with GPU accelerated inferencing using a compressed, low-latency neural network

      Real-time retinal layer segmentation of OCT volumes with GPU accelerated inferencing using a compressed, low-latency neural network

      Segmentation of retinal layers in optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an essential step in OCT image analysis for screening, diagnosis, and assessment of retinal disease progression. Real-time segmentation together with high-speed OCT volume acquisition allows rendering of en face OCT of arbitrary retinal layers, which can be used to increase the yield rate of high-quality scans, provide real-time feedback during image-guided surgeries, and compensate aberrations in adaptive optics (AO) OCT without using wavefront sensors. We demonstrate here unprecedented real-time OCT segmentation of eight retinal layer boundaries achieved by 3 levels of optimization: 1) a modified, low complexity, neural network structure ...

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    10. Real-time retinal layer segmentation of OCT Volumes with GPU and Deep learning

      Real-time retinal layer segmentation of OCT Volumes with GPU and Deep learning

      Segmentation of retinal layers in optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an essential step in OCT image analysis for screening, diagnosis, and assessment of retinal disease progression. Real-time segmentation together with high-speed OCT volume acquisition allows rendering of en face OCT of arbitrary retinal layers, which can be used to increase the yield rate of high-quality scans, provide real-time feedback during image-guided surgeries, and compensate aberrations in adaptive optics (AO) OCT without using wavefront sensors. We demonstrate here unprecedented real-time OCT segmentation of eight retinal layer boundaries achieved by 3 levels of optimization: 1) a modified, low complexity, neural network structure ...

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    11. Sensorless adaptive-optics optical coherence tomographic angiography

      Sensorless adaptive-optics optical coherence tomographic angiography

      Optical coherence tomographic angiography (OCTA) can image the retinal blood flow but visualization of the capillary caliber is limited by the low lateral resolution. Adaptive optics (AO) can be used to compensate ocular aberrations when using high numerical aperture (NA), and thus improve image resolution. However, previously reported AO-OCTA instruments were large and complex, and have a small sub-millimeter field of view (FOV) that hinders the extraction of biomarkers with clinical relevance. In this manuscript, we developed a sensorless AO-OCTA prototype with an intermediate numerical aperture to produce depth-resolved angiograms with high resolution and signal-to-noise ratio over a 2 × 2 ...

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    12. Depth-resolved optimization of a real-time sensorless adaptive optics optical coherence tomography

      Depth-resolved optimization of a real-time sensorless adaptive optics optical coherence tomography

      Sensorless adaptive optics optical coherence tomography (AO-OCT) is a technology to image retinal tissue with high resolution by compensating ocular aberrations without wavefront sensors. In this Letter, a fast and robust hill-climbing algorithm is developed to optimize five Zernike modes in AO-OCT with a numerical aperture between that of conventional AO and commercial OCT systems. The merit function is generated in real time using graphics processing unit while axially tracking the retinal layer of interest. A new method is proposed to estimate the largest achievable field of view for which aberrations are corrected uniformly in sensorless AO-OCT.

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    13. Pseudo-real-time retinal layer segmentation for high-resolution adaptive optics optical coherence tomography

      Pseudo-real-time retinal layer segmentation for high-resolution adaptive optics optical coherence tomography

      We present a pseudo-real-time retinal layer segmentation for high-resolution Sensorless Adaptive Optics-Optical Coherence Tomography (SAO-OCT). Our pseudo-real-time segmentation method is based on Dijkstra’s algorithm that uses the intensity of pixels and the vertical gradient of the image to find the minimum cost in a geometric graph formulation within a limited search region. It segments six retinal layer boundaries in an iterative process according to their order of prominence. The segmentation time is strongly correlated to the number of retinal layers to be segmented. Our program permits en face images to be extracted during data acquisition to guide the depth ...

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    14. Directional optical coherence tomography reveals melanin concentration-dependent scattering properties of retinal pigment epithelium

      Directional optical coherence tomography reveals melanin concentration-dependent scattering properties of retinal pigment epithelium

      Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a powerful tool in ophthalmology that provides in vivo morphology of the retinal layers and their light scattering properties. The directional (angular) reflectivity of the retinal layers was investigated with focus on the scattering from retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). The directional scattering of the RPE was studied in three mice strains with three distinct melanin concentrations: albino (BALB/c), agouti (129S1/SvlmJ), and strongly pigmented (C57BL/6J). The backscattering signal strength was measured with a directional OCT system in which the pupil entry position of the narrow OCT beam can be varied across the dilated ...

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    15. Multi-scale and -contrast sensorless adaptive optics optical coherence tomography

      Multi-scale and -contrast sensorless adaptive optics optical coherence tomography

      Background: The roles of the retinal microvasculature and the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) in maintaining the health and metabolic activity of the retina lend great clinical value to their high-resolution visualization. Methods: By integrating polarization diversity detection (PDD) into multi-scale and -contrast sensorless adaptive optics optical coherence tomography (MSC-SAO-OCT), we have developed a novel multi-contrast SAO OCT system for imaging pigment in the RPE as well as flow in the retinal capillaries using OCT angiography (OCTA). Aberration correction was performed based on the image quality using transmissive deformable optical elements. Results: MSC-SAO-OCTA imaging was performed at multiple fields-of-view (FOVs) with ...

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    16. System and method for dynamic focus control

      System and method for dynamic focus control

      En face views of OCT volumes provide important and complementing visualizations of the retina and optic nerve head investigating biomarkers of diseases affecting the retina. We demonstrate the combination of real time processing of OCT volumetric data for axial tracking. In combination with a Controllable Optical Element (COE), this invention demonstrates acquisition, real time tracking, automated focus on depth resolved en face layers extracted from a volume, and focus stacked OCT volumes with high resolution throughout an extended depth range.

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    17. Aperture phase modulation with adaptive optics

      Aperture phase modulation with adaptive optics

      Speckle is an inevitable consequence of the use of coherent light in imaging and acts as noise that corrupts image formation in most applications. Optical coherence tomographic imaging, as a technique employing coherence time gating, suffers from speckle. We present here a novel method of suppressing speckle noise intrinsically compatible with adaptive optics (AO) for confocal coherent imaging: modulation of the phase in the system pupil aperture with a segmented deformable mirror (DM) to introduce minor perturbations in the point spread function. This approach creates uncorrelated speckle patterns in a series of images, enabling averaging to suppress speckle noise while ...

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    18. Visible light sensorless adaptive optics for retinal structure and fluorescence imaging

      Visible light sensorless adaptive optics for retinal structure and fluorescence imaging

      Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has emerged as a powerful imaging instrument and technology in biomedicine. OCT imaging is predominantly performed using wavelengths in the near infrared; however, visible light (VIS) has been recently employed in OCT systems with encouraging results for high-resolution retinal imaging. Using a broadband supercontinuum VIS source, we present a sensorless adaptive optics (SAO) multimodal imaging system driven by VIS-OCT for volumetric retinal structural imaging, followed by the acquisition of fluorescence emission. The coherence-gated, depth-resolved VIS-OCT images used for image-guided SAO aberration correction enable high-resolution structural and fluorescence imaging.

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    19. Aperture Phase Modulation with Adaptive Optics: A Novel Approach for Speckle Reduction and Structure Extraction in Optical Coherence Tomography

      Aperture Phase Modulation with Adaptive Optics: A Novel Approach for Speckle Reduction and Structure Extraction in Optical Coherence Tomography

      Speckle is an inevitable consequence of the use of coherent light in optical coherence tomography (OCT), and often acts as noise that obscures micro-structures of biological tissue. We here present a novel method of suppressing speckle noise intrinsically compatible with adaptive optics (AO) in OCT system: by modulating the phase inside the imaging system pupil aperture with a segmented deformable mirror, thus producing minor perturbations in the point spread function (PSF) to create un-correlated speckle pattern between B-scans, and further averaging to wash out the speckle but maintain the structures. It is a well-controlled and universal method which can efficiently ...

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    20. Effective bidirectional scanning pattern for optical coherence tomography angiography

      Effective bidirectional scanning pattern for optical coherence tomography angiography

      We demonstrate the utility of a novel scanning method for optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA). Although raster scanning is commonly used for OCTA imaging, a bidirectional approach would lessen the distortion caused by galvanometer-based scanners as sources continue to increase sweep rates. As shown, a unidirectional raster scan approach has a lower effective scanning time than bidirectional approaches; however, a strictly bidirectional approach causes contrast variation along the B-scan direction due to the non-uniform time interval between B-scans. Therefore, a stepped bidirectional approach is introduced and successfully applied to retinal imaging in normal controls and in a pathological subject with ...

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    21. Investigation of the effect of directional (off-axis) illumination on the reflectivity of retina layers in mice using swept-source optical coherence tomography

      Investigation of the effect of directional (off-axis) illumination on the reflectivity of retina layers in mice using swept-source optical coherence tomography

      Changes in visibility of the Henle fiber layer and photoreceptor bands of the human retina with illumination directionality have been reported in OCT clinical imaging. These are a direct consequence of the changes in back scattering due to fibrous tissue orientation and to waveguiding properties of the photoreceptors respectively. Here we report the preliminary results of a study on the effects of retinal images acquired with OCT of illumination directionality in the mouse retina. The quantitative assessment of the reflectivity of retinal layers of a BALB/c and WT pigmented mice was performed in-vivo using a swept-source optical coherence tomography ...

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    22. Multiscale sensorless adaptive optics OCT angiography system for in vivo human retinal imaging

      Multiscale sensorless adaptive optics OCT angiography system for in vivo human retinal imaging

      We present a multiscale sensorless adaptive optics (SAO) OCT system capable of imaging retinal structure and vasculature with various fields-of-view (FOV) and resolutions. Using a single deformable mirror and exploiting the polarization properties of light, the SAO-OCT-A was implemented in a compact and easy to operate system. With the ability to adjust the beam diameter at the pupil, retinal imaging was demonstrated at two different numerical apertures with the same system. The general morphological structure and retinal vasculature could be observed with a few tens of micrometer-scale lateral resolution with conventional OCT and OCT-A scanning protocols with a 1.7-mm-diameter ...

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    23. Strip-based registration of serially acquired optical coherence tomography angiography

      Strip-based registration of serially acquired optical coherence tomography angiography

      The visibility of retinal microvasculature in optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) images is negatively affected by the small dimension of the capillaries, pulsatile blood flow, and motion artifacts. Serial acquisition and time-averaging of multiple OCT-A images can enhance the definition of the capillaries and result in repeatable and consistent visualization. We demonstrate an automated method for registration and averaging of serially acquired OCT-A images. Ten OCT-A volumes from six normal control subjects were acquired using our prototype 1060-nm swept source OCT system. The volumes were divided into microsaccade-free en face angiogram strips, which were affine registered using scale-invariant feature transform ...

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    24. Lens-based wavefront sensorless adaptive optics swept source OCT

      Lens-based wavefront sensorless adaptive optics swept source OCT

      Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has revolutionized modern ophthalmology, providing depth resolved images of the retinal layers in a system that is suited to a clinical environment. Although the axial resolution of OCT system, which is a function of the light source bandwidth, is sufficient to resolve retinal features at a micrometer scale, the lateral resolution is dependent on the delivery optics and is limited by ocular aberrations. Through the combination of wavefront sensorless adaptive optics and the use of dual deformable transmissive optical elements, we present a compact lens-based OCT system at an imaging wavelength of 1060 nm for high ...

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