1. Articles from Young-Joo Hong

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    1. Machine-learning based segmentation of the optic nerve head using multi-contrast Jones matrix optical coherence tomography with semi-automatic training dataset generation

      Machine-learning based segmentation of the optic nerve head using multi-contrast Jones matrix optical coherence tomography with semi-automatic training dataset generation

      A pixel-by-pixel tissue classification framework using multiple contrasts obtained by Jones matrix optical coherence tomography (JM-OCT) is demonstrated. The JM-OCT is an extension of OCT that provides OCT, OCT angiography, birefringence tomography, degree-of-polarization uniformity tomography, and attenuation coefficient tomography, simultaneously. The classification framework consists of feature engineering, k -means clustering that generates a training dataset, training of a tissue classifier using the generated training dataset, and tissue classification by the trained classifier. The feature engineering process generates synthetic features from the primary optical contrasts obtained by JM-OCT. The tissue classification is performed in the feature space of the engineered features ...

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    2. Eye-motion-corrected optical coherence tomography angiography using Lissajous scanning

      Eye-motion-corrected optical coherence tomography angiography using Lissajous scanning

      To correct eye motion artifacts in en face optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) images, a Lissajous scanning method with subsequent software-based motion correction is proposed. The standard Lissajous scanning pattern is modified to be compatible with OCT-A and a corresponding motion correction algorithm is designed. The effectiveness of our method was demonstrated by comparing en face OCT-A images with and without motion correction. The method was further validated by comparing motion-corrected images with scanning laser ophthalmoscopy images, and the repeatability of the method was evaluated using a checkerboard image. A motion-corrected en face OCT-A image from a blinking case is ...

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    3. Generation and optimization of superpixels as image processing kernels for Jones matrix optical coherence tomography

      Generation and optimization of superpixels as image processing kernels for Jones matrix optical coherence tomography

      Jones matrix-based polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (JM-OCT) simultaneously measures optical intensity, birefringence, degree of polarization uniformity, and OCT angiography. The statistics of the optical features in a local region, such as the local mean of the OCT intensity, are frequently used for image processing and the quantitative analysis of JM-OCT. Conventionally, local statistics have been computed with fixed-size rectangular kernels. However, this results in a trade-off between image sharpness and statistical accuracy. We introduce a superpixel method to JM-OCT for generating the flexible kernels of local statistics. A superpixel is a cluster of image pixels that is formed by ...

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    4. Noise-bias and polarization-artifact corrected optical coherence tomography by maximum a-posteriori intensity estimation

      Noise-bias and polarization-artifact corrected optical coherence tomography by maximum a-posteriori intensity estimation

      We propose using maximum a-posteriori (MAP) estimation to improve the image signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) in polarization diversity (PD) optical coherence tomography. PD-detection removes polarization artifacts, which are common when imaging highly birefringent tissue or when using a flexible fiber catheter. However, dividing the probe power to two polarization detection channels inevitably reduces the SNR. Applying MAP estimation to PD-OCT allows for the removal of polarization artifacts while maintaining and improving image SNR. The effectiveness of the MAP-PD method is evaluated by comparing it with MAP-non-PD, intensity averaged PD, and intensity averaged non-PD methods. Evaluation was conducted in vivo with human ...

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    5. Three-dimensional eye motion correction by Lissajous scan optical coherence tomography

      Three-dimensional eye motion correction by Lissajous scan optical coherence tomography

      A three-dimensional optical coherence tomography imaging method based on Lissajous scanning is presented. This method was designed to correct eye motion in OCT images. A Lissajous scanning pattern, which has a trajectory that frequently overlaps with itself, is adopted as the OCT scanning protocol to obtain measurement data. Eye motion artifacts are then corrected automatically by software. By comparing the images without and with motion correction, we show the effectiveness of our method. We performed an experiment and compared the results obtained by our method with the ground truths to verify its validity. The experimental results showed that our method ...

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    6. High contrast and polarization-artifact-free optical coherence tomography by maximum a-posteriori estimation

      High contrast and polarization-artifact-free optical coherence tomography by maximum a-posteriori estimation

      We propose a maximum a-posteriori (MAP) intensity estimator to improve the image contrast of polarization diversity (PD)-OCT imaging to achieve high contrast polarization-artifact-free images. The MAP estimator compensates for the inevitable reduction of signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) in PD-OCT caused by the splitting of power into two polarization detection channels. It also has low noise-offset in low intensity regions such as the vitreous. This method is applied to posterior eye images, and shows high-contrast, polarization-artifact-free images. This method also enables attenuation coefficient imaging with finer differentiation of attenuation levels.

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    7. Birefringence and vascular imaging of in vivo human skin by Jones-matrix optical coherence tomography

      Birefringence and vascular imaging of in vivo human skin by Jones-matrix optical coherence tomography

      A customized 1310-nm Jones-matrix optical coherence tomography (JM-OCT) for dermatological investigation was constructed and used for in vivo normal human skin tissue imaging. This system can simultaneously measure the threedimensional depth-resolved local birefringence, complex-correlation based OCT angiography (OCT-A), degree-ofpolarization- uniformity (DOPU) and scattering OCT intensity. By obtaining these optical properties of tissue, the morphology, vasculature, and collagen content of skin can be deduced and visualized. Structures in the deep layers of the epithelium were observed with depth-resolved local birefringence and polarization uniformity images. These results suggest high diagnostic and investigative potential of JM-OCT for dermatology.

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    8. Motion-corrected en face optical coherence tomography angiography imaging based on the modified Lissajous scanning pattern

      Motion-corrected en face optical coherence tomography angiography imaging based on the modified Lissajous scanning pattern

      A motion - corrected en face optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT - A) imaging method is presented in this paper. This method was designed to correct eye motion artifacts in en face OCT - A images automatically using a software. A modified Lissajous scanning pattern, which is compatible with OCT - A, was adopted as the scanning protocol for the optical coherence tomography (OCT) machine to obtain the OCT - A data. The OCT - A data was then processed using motion correction algorithm that was tailored for the modified Lissajous scanning pattern to correct the eye motion artifacts in the en face plane. The OCT ...

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    9. Three-dimensional multi-contrast imaging of in vivo human skin by Jones matrix optical coherence tomography

      Three-dimensional multi-contrast imaging of in vivo human skin by Jones matrix optical coherence tomography

      A custom made dermatological Jones matrix optical coherence tomography (JM-OCT) is presented. It uses a passive-polarization-delay component based swept-source JM-OCT configuration, but is specially designed for in vivo human skin measurement. The center wavelength of its probe beam is 1310 nm and the A-line rate is 49.6 kHz. The JM-OCT is capable of simultaneously providing birefringence (local retardation) tomography, degree-of-polarization-uniformity tomography, complex-correlation-based optical coherence angiography, and conventional scattering OCT. To evaluate the performance of this JM-OCT, we measured in vivo human skin at several locations. Using the four kinds of OCT contrasts, the morphological characteristics and optical properties of ...

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    10. Noise stochastic corrected maximum a posteriori estimator for birefringence imaging using polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography

      Noise stochastic corrected maximum a posteriori estimator for birefringence imaging using polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography

      This paper presents a noise-stochastic corrected maximum a posteriori estimator for birefringence imaging using Jones matrix optical coherence tomography. The estimator described in this paper is based on the relationship between probability distribution functions of the measured birefringence and the effective signal to noise ratio (ESNR) as well as the true birefringence and the true ESNR. The Monte Carlo method is used to numerically describe this relationship and adaptive 2D kernel density estimation provides the likelihood for a posteriori estimation of the true birefringence. Improved estimation is shown for the new estimator with stochastic model of ESNR in comparison to ...

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    11. Eye motion corrected OCT imaging with Lissajous scan pattern

      Eye motion corrected OCT imaging with Lissajous scan pattern

      Ophthalmic optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a powerful tool which provides high resolution three dimensional (3D) volumetric image of human retina. However, the measurement data of OCT suffer motion artifact due to the involuntary eye motion during data acquisition. To eliminate this motion artifact and provide the true shape of retinal image, an eye motion corrected OCT imaging method based on Lissajous scan pattern is proposed in this paper. In this approach, we adopted Lissajous scan pattern for 3D-OCT imaging and developed motion correction algorithm. To verify the effectiveness of this method, we compare our method with single raster scan ...

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    12. Quantitative optical coherence tomography by maximum a-posteriori estimation of signal intensity

      Quantitative optical coherence tomography by maximum a-posteriori estimation of signal intensity

      A maximum a-posteriori (MAP) estimator for signal amplitude of optical coherence tomography (OCT) is presented. This estimator provides an accurate and low bias estimation of the correct OCT signal amplitude even at very low signal-tonoise ratios. As a result, contrast improvement of retinal OCT images is demonstrated. In addition, this estimation method allows for an estimation reliability to be calculated. By combining the MAP estimator with a previously demonstrated attenuation imaging algorithm, we present attenuation coefficient images of the retina. From the reliability derived from the MAP image one can also determine which regions of the attenuation images are unreliable ...

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    13. Noise-immune complex correlation for vasculature imaging based on standard and Jones-matrix optical coherence tomography

      Noise-immune complex correlation for vasculature imaging based on standard and Jones-matrix optical coherence tomography

      A new optical coherence angiography (OCA) method, called correlation mapping OCA (cmOCA), is presented by using the SNR-corrected complex correlation. An SNR-correction theory for the complex correlation calculation is presented. The method also integrates a motion-artifact-removal method for the sample motion induced decorrelation artifact. The theory is further extended to compute more reliable correlation by using multi- channel OCT systems, such as Jones-matrix OCT. The high contrast vasculature imaging of in vivo human posterior eye has been obtained. Composite imaging of cmOCA and degree of polarization uniformity indicates abnormalities of vasculature and pigmented tissues simultaneously.

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    14. Three-dimensional multifunctional optical coherence tomography for skin imaging

      Three-dimensional multifunctional optical coherence tomography for skin imaging

      Optical coherence tomography (OCT) visualizes cross-sectional microstructures of biological tissues. Recent developments of multifunctional OCT (MF-OCT) provides multiple optical contrasts which can reveal currently unknown tissue properties. In this contribution we demonstrate multifunctional OCT specially designed for dermatological investigation. And by utilizing it to measure four different body parts of in vivo human skin, three-dimensional scattering OCT, OCT angiography, polarization uniformity tomography, and local birefringence tomography images were obtained by a single scan. They respectively contrast the structure and morphology, vasculature, melanin content and collagen traits of the tissue.

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    15. Birefringence imaging of posterior eye by multi-functional Jones matrix optical coherence tomography

      Birefringence imaging of posterior eye by multi-functional Jones matrix optical coherence tomography

      A clinical grade prototype of posterior multifunctional Jones matrix optical coherence tomography (JM-OCT) is presented. This JM-OCT visualized depth-localized birefringence in addition to conventional cumulative phase retardation imaging through local Jones matrix analysis. In addition, it simultaneously provides a sensitivity enhanced scattering OCT, a quantitative polarization uniformity contrast, and OCT-based angiography. The probe beam is at 1- μ m wavelength band. The measurement speed and the depth-resolution were 100,000 A-lines/s, and 6.6 μ m in tissue, respectively. Normal and pathologic eyes are examined and several clinical features are revealed, which includes high birefringence in the choroid and lamina cribrosa ...

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    16. Noninvasive vascular imaging of ruptured retinal arterial macroaneurysms by Doppler optical coherence tomography

      Noninvasive vascular imaging of ruptured retinal arterial macroaneurysms by Doppler optical coherence tomography

      Background To describe Doppler optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging of ruptured retinal arterial macroaneurysms (RAMs). Methods Four eyes of four patients with ruptured RAMs were prospectively studied. Vascular imaging was obtained using swept-source Doppler OCT, and compared with indocyanine green angiography images. Results En face projection of Doppler OCT images clearly showed RAMs at the corresponding locations of lesions in the indocyanine green angiography images. In Doppler OCT images, RAMs were located in the inner retina in three eyes and in the medium layer of the retina in one eye. In one eye, detection of RAMs by standard OCT was ...

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    17. Noninvasive Vascular Imaging of Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy by Doppler Optical Coherence Tomography

      Noninvasive Vascular Imaging of Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy by Doppler Optical Coherence Tomography

      Purpose. To noninvasively investigate the vascular architecture of polypoidal lesions in polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) using Doppler optical coherence tomography (OCT), and to evaluate the clinical usefulness of Doppler OCT for the assessment of therapeutic effects in PCV. Methods. Fifteen eyes of 15 patients with treatment-naïve PCV were prospectively studied. Vascular imaging was obtained using 1060-nm swept-source Doppler OCT, and compared with indocyanine green angiography (ICGA) images. The therapeutic effect of three consecutive intravitreal aflibercept injections was evaluated with ICGA and Doppler OCT. Results. In Doppler OCT images, polypoidal lesions were clearly detected at the corresponding locations of lesions ...

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    18. In-plane and out-of-plane tissue micro-displacement measurement by correlation coefficients of optical coherence tomography

      In-plane and out-of-plane tissue micro-displacement measurement by correlation coefficients of optical coherence tomography

      We propose a method to measure the in-plane and out-of-plane displacements of tissue using the correlation coefficients of optical coherence tomography (OCT) signals. The displacements are determined by the local correlation coefficients between digitally shifted reference OCT images and a target image. The method achieves sub-micron displacement measurement with an accuracy better than 0.32 μm and repeatability better than 0.36 μm. The feasibility of the method was examined by measuring the displacement field of a laser irradiated porcine retina. This method successfully visualized the dynamic change of the displacement field during laser irradiation.

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    19. Optically buffered Jones-matrix-based multifunctional optical coherence tomography with polarization mode dispersion correction

      Optically buffered Jones-matrix-based multifunctional optical coherence tomography with polarization mode dispersion correction

      Polarization mode dispersion (PMD) degrades the performance of Jones-matrix-based polarization-sensitive multifunctional optical coherence tomography (JM-OCT). The problem is specially acute for optically buffered JM-OCT, because the long fiber in the optical buffering module induces a large amount of PMD. This paper aims at presenting a method to correct the effect of PMD in JM-OCT. We first mathematically model the PMD in JM-OCT and then derive a method to correct the PMD. This method is a combination of simple hardware modification and subsequent software correction. The hardware modification is introduction of two polarizers which transform the PMD into global complex modulation ...

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    20. Two-dimensional micro-displacement measurement for laser coagulation using optical coherence tomography

      Two-dimensional micro-displacement measurement for laser coagulation using optical coherence tomography

      To improve the reproducibility of photocoagulation, the ability to quantitatively monitor the thermal change of laser-irradiated retinal tissue is required. Recently, optical coherence tomography has enabled non-invasive and non-contact monitoring of the tissue structural changes during laser irradiation. To further improve the capability of this technique, a method is proposed to measure tissue displacement by simultaneously using Doppler phase shifts and correlation coefficients. The theoretical approach for this method is described, and its performance is experimentally confirmed and evaluated. Finally, lateral and axial displacements in the laser-irradiated retinal tissues of an enucleated porcine eye are observed. The proposed method is ...

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    21. Three-Dimensional Vascular Imaging of Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy by Doppler Optical Coherence Tomography

      Three-Dimensional Vascular Imaging of Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy by Doppler Optical Coherence Tomography

      Purpose To evaluate the three-dimensional architecture of neovascularization in proliferative diabetic retinopathy using Doppler optical coherence tomography (OCT). Design Prospective, nonrandomized clinical trial. Methods Seventeen eyes of 14 patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy were prospectively studied. Prototype Doppler OCT was used to evaluate the three-dimensional vascular architecture at vitreoretinal adhesions. Results Proliferative membranes were detected in all eyes with proliferative diabetic retinopathy by standard OCT images. Doppler OCT images detected blood flow by neovascularization of the disc in 12 eyes and neovascularization elsewhere in 11 eyes. Doppler OCT images showed the three-dimensional extent of new vessels at various stages of ...

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    22. Degree of polarization uniformity with high noise immunity using polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography

      Degree of polarization uniformity with high noise immunity using polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography

      A new metric representing polarization uniformity is presented. Noise corrected degree of polarization uniformity (DOPU) is computed from polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (OCT), and selectively visualizes tissue with the multiple scattering, such as highly pigmented tissues. The new metric is designed to be minimally sensitive to systematic additive noise. The performance of this new metric is analyzed by numerical simulation and in vivo human retinal imaging, using Jones matrix OCT. The new metric exhibited only a small dependency on the signal-to-noise ratio. Selective in vivo visualization of pigmented tissues in the human retina is demonstrated, with cross sectional and en-face ...

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    23. Simultaneous Investigation of Vascular and Retinal Pigment Epithelial Pathologies of Exudative Macular Diseases by Multi-Functional Optical Coherence Tomography

      Simultaneous Investigation of Vascular and Retinal Pigment Epithelial Pathologies of Exudative Macular Diseases by Multi-Functional Optical Coherence Tomography

      Purpose: To investigate exudative macular disease, multi-functional optical coherence tomography (MF-OCT) using a 1-μm probe band was developed. The clinical utility of MF-OCT was examined in a descriptive case series. Methods: Ten eyes of nine subjects with exudative macular disease, including one eye with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), one eye with idiopathic neovascular maculopathy, and eight eyes with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV), were investigated. Areas of 6 × 6 mm 2 around the pathologic region were scanned with 512 × 1024 depth scans in 6.6 seconds. Structural OCT, Doppler optical coherence angiography (OCA) and cumulative phase retardation images were obtained ...

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    24. Toward absorption contrast imaging of biological tissues in vivo by using photothermal optical coherence tomography

      Toward absorption contrast imaging of biological tissues in vivo by using photothermal optical coherence tomography

      Optical coherence tomography has been proven in the last two decades its clinical value by providing 3D non-invasive in vivo biopsy of the biological samples. In addition to structural information given by the backscattered intensity, the optical absorption will also provide another powerful contrast. Optical absorbers in biological tissues exhibits important role such as hemoglobin and melanin. However, current methods of absorption contrast take long time and not suitable for in vivo imaging. Toward in vivo absorption contrast imaging, we developed photothermal OCT system by combining swept-source OCT system and excitation laser. A swept-source OCT system is used with a ...

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