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    1. Medical image processing apparatus for examining an eye to determine the stage of glaucoma

      Medical image processing apparatus for examining an eye to determine the stage of glaucoma

      This invention is directed towards a medical image processing apparatus capable of providing effective information on glaucoma by integrating the tomographic image of the retina obtained by an optical coherence tomograph (OCT: Optical Coherence Tomography) and visual function information obtained by a perimeter. The medical image processing apparatus associates visual field measurement results with a fundus camera image (S420). The medical image processing apparatus registers, on the fundus camera image associated with the visual field measurement results, a layer thickness distribution which is obtained from an OCT tomographic image and indicates the thickness of the nerve fiber layer in the ...

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    2. System and method for creating and utilizing multivariate paths for ongoing simultaneous multi-dimensional control to attain single mode sweep operation in an electromagnetic radiation source

      System and method for creating and utilizing multivariate paths for ongoing simultaneous multi-dimensional control to attain single mode sweep operation in an electromagnetic radiation source

      A method for sweeping an electromagnetic radiation source (12) to produce single mode operation having an optimized side-mode suppression ratio over a continuous range of wavelengths within a prescribed temporal profile, the electromagnetic radiation source is configured to output electromagnetic radiation at a given wavelength based upon parameters. The method includes determining a set of parameter combinations that satisfy a condition for a desired set of wavelengths and a maximum side mode suppression ratio over the range of wavelengths. The set of parameter combinations define sub-paths for transitioning from one wavelength to another wavelength. Combinations of select sub-paths provide a ...

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    3. Laser eye surgery system

      Laser eye surgery system

      A laser eye surgery system includes a laser source, a ranging subsystem, an integrated optical subsystem, and a patient interface assembly. The laser source produces a treatment beam that includes a plurality of laser pulses. The ranging subsystem produces a source beam used to locate one or more structures of an eye. The ranging subsystem includes an optical coherence tomography (OCT) pickoff assembly that includes a first optical wedge and a second optical wedge separated from the first optical wedge. The OCT pickoff assembly is configured to divide an OCT source beam into a sample beam and a reference beam ...

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      Mentions: OptiMedica
    4. Associated interferometers using multi-fiber optic delay lines

      Associated interferometers using multi-fiber optic delay lines

      An interferometer apparatus which include two or more coupled fiber optic Michelson interferometers using fiber optic stretches which stretch two or more optical fibers wound around the perimeter of the optical fiber stretchers by the same amount is disclosed. Preferably a pair of reference and sample fiber optic stretches are utilized which run in a push-pull mode of operation. When one of the interferometers is a coherent light interferometer it can be used as a reference distance scale for all of the remaining low coherence light interferometer. A method for measuring a physical property of a device under test is ...

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    5. Light source and optical coherence tomography apparatus using the same

      Light source and optical coherence tomography apparatus using the same

      A light source includes a control unit that controls currents injected into at least one light emitting region and a light emission spectrum conversion region. The at least one light emitting region includes a first light emitting region and a second light emitting region different from the first light emitting region, light that is emitted from the first light emitting region and passes through the light emission spectrum conversion region is combined with the light that is emitted from the first or second light emitting region and does not pass through the light emission spectrum conversion region. The control unit ...

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    6. Method and apparatus for measuring and displaying dental plaque

      Method and apparatus for measuring and displaying dental plaque

      A method and an apparatus for measuring and displaying dental plaque are provided, and the method includes the steps of dividing near infrared light output from a light source into measurement light and reference light, applying the measurement light toward a tooth in an oral cavity and scanning the tooth with the measurement light, producing interference light from reflected light and back-scattered light from the tooth and the reference light, generating an optical coherence tomographic image based on a scattering intensity value of the interference light, extracting a dental plaque region having a specific scattering intensity value from the optical ...

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    7. Regenerative mode locked laser swept source for OCT medical imaging

      Regenerative mode locked laser swept source for OCT medical imaging

      An optical coherence analysis system uses a laser swept source that is constrained to operate in a mode locked condition using regenerative mode-locking. This is accomplished by synchronously changing the laser cavity's net gain and/or phase based on time varying intensity of the swept optical signal generated by the laser. This produces a stable pulsation behavior, which is associated with smooth tuning (low optical frequency reference clock jitter) and low relative intensity noise (RIN).

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    8. Imaging technique for optical coherence tomography

      Imaging technique for optical coherence tomography

      A technique for optical coherence tomography is provided. As to a device aspect of the technique, an imaging device comprises a base defining a rotation axis, a scanning and focusing assembly mounted to the base for rotation about the rotation axis, and a drive unit for rotationally driving the scanning and focusing assembly about the rotation axis. The scanning and focusing assembly includes a focusing device for focusing a beam of imaging radiation to produce a focused beam of imaging radiation having a focus, a scanning member for scanning the beam of imaging radiation, and a controller coupled to the ...

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    9. N-wavelength interrogation system and method for multiple wavelength interferometers

      N-wavelength interrogation system and method for multiple wavelength interferometers

      In an interrogation system for multiple wavelength interferometers a fringe spectrum that includes non-quadrature-spaced radiation-intensity samples is analyzed to obtain a high resolution relative phase measurement of the optical path-length difference associated with the fringe spectrum. The fringe spectrum can be analyzed to obtain a fringe number and a quadrant as well, which can be combined with the relative phase measurement to obtain a high precision measurement of the absolute optical path-length difference. An environmental condition corresponding to the absolute optical path-length difference can be measured using the measurement of the absolute optical path-length difference.

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    10. Apparatus, methods and storage medium for performing polarization-based quadrature demodulation in optical coherence tomography

      Apparatus, methods and storage medium for performing polarization-based quadrature demodulation in optical coherence tomography

      Apparatus, method and storage medium which can provide at least one first electro-magnetic radiation to a sample and at least one second electromagnetic radiation to a reference, such that the first and/or second electromagnetic radiations have a spectrum which changes over time. In addition, a first polarization component of at least one third radiation associated with the first radiation can be combined with a second polarization component of at least one fourth radiation associated with the second radiation with one another. The first and second polarizations may be specifically controlled to be at least approximately orthogonal to one another.

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    11. Optical measurement apparatus and optical measurement method

      Optical measurement apparatus and optical measurement method

      A small and inexpensive optical measurement apparatus is provided in which noise due to optical interference such as inter-layer crosstalk or speckle is suppressed. The optical measurement apparatus includes a light source to emit laser light, a high-frequency superimposing unit to superimpose a high-frequency current on a driving current to drive the light source, a light branching element to branch the laser light into signal light and reference light, an objective lens to condense and irradiate the signal light on a measurement object, a condensing position scanning unit to scan a condensing position of the signal light, a light path ...

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    12. Optical coherence photoacoustic microscopy

      Optical coherence photoacoustic microscopy

      A system and method for providing an optical coherence photoacoustic (OC-PAM) microscopy. An OC-PAM microscope includes a light source that outputs light, a scanner, a detector, a transducer, and an image processing module. The scanner receives the light and scans the light across a sample. The detector receives reflected light from the sample in response to the scanned light. The transducer detects photoacoustic waves induced in the sample by the scanned light. The image processing module receives output from the detector and the transducer and generates a photoacoustic microscopy (PAM) image and an optical coherence tomography (OCT) image based on ...

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    13. Wavelength tunable photon source with sealed inner volume

      Wavelength tunable photon source with sealed inner volume

      There is presented a method of providing a wavelength tunable photon source (200), comprising bonding a first element (101) with a first mirror (106), a second element (102) with a second mirror (108) and a third element (103) with a photon emitter together in a structure enclosing an inner volume (214) being a sealed volume, and forming a bonding interface (212) which is gas-tight, so that the first mirror (106) is placed in the inner volume (214) so the first mirror (106) may move within the inner volume (214). The method provides a relatively simple way of obtaining a tunable ...

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    14. Directional optical coherence tomography systems and methods

      Directional optical coherence tomography systems and methods

      An optical coherence tomography system that includes an optical device having an adjustable optical element configured to displace a pupil entry point of light is provided. Optical coherence tomography methods using the optical coherence tomography system are also provided. The subject optical coherence tomography systems and methods find use in a variety of different applications, including imaging applications.

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    15. Image pickup apparatus and image pickup method using optical coherence tomography

      Image pickup apparatus and image pickup method using optical coherence tomography

      The present invention relates to an apparatus having a simple configuration capable of correctly detecting malfunction of an OCT apparatus by detecting the states of a light source and a sensor. An image pickup apparatus includes a switching unit that switches between a first mode in which a combined light beam of a return light beam from a specimen and a reference light beam is detectable by a detecting unit and a second mode in which the reference light beam is detectable by the detecting unit. The image pickup apparatus is switchable to the first mode on the basis of ...

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    16. Surface emitting laser having a factor of equivalent refractive index constraint by scaled central wavelengths and optical coherence tomography apparatus equipped with such surface emitting laser

      Surface emitting laser having a factor of equivalent refractive index constraint by scaled central wavelengths and optical coherence tomography apparatus equipped with such surface emitting laser

      A surface emitting laser according to the present invention includes a lower reflector, a first spacer layer, an active layer, a second spacer layer composed of a semiconductor material, a gap section formed of at least one of vacuum and gas, and an upper reflector in the written order, and also includes a control mechanism that changes a distance between an interface between the second spacer layer and the gap section and an interface between the upper reflector and the gap section. An optical path length n.sub.eff.times.d extending from an interface between the lower reflector and ...

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    17. Polarization-sensitive spectral interferometry as a function of depth for tissue identification

      Polarization-sensitive spectral interferometry as a function of depth for tissue identification

      A polarization sensitive spectral interferometer apparatus and method for analyzing a sample by optical energy reflected from the sample. The polarization sensitive spectral interferometer apparatus and method determines polarization properties of the sample by optical energy reflected from the sample. The method for analyzing a sample with a spectral interferometer identifies the tissue type of the sample by the polarization properties as a function of depth from the sample.

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    18. Method and apparatus for producing supercontinuum light for medical and biological applications

      Method and apparatus for producing supercontinuum light for medical and biological applications

      A method and an apparatus are provided for producing SuperContinuum (SC) light for medical and biological applications is provided. Pulses are focused from a laser system into at least one of a pressurized cell and one or more fibers. A pump pulse is converted into the SC light at a specified rate of repetition. The SC light is applied at the specified rate of repetition to tissue for medical and biological applications.

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      Mentions: Robert R. Alfano
    19. Optical coherence tomography control systems and methods

      Optical coherence tomography control systems and methods

      In part, the invention relates to methods, devices, and systems suitable for controlling a light source. The light source is configured for use in a data collection system such as an optical coherence tomography system. The light source can be controlled with a drive waveform. Linearizing and symmetrizing parameters of the light source such as forward and backward scan durations is achieved using a suitable drive waveform. Phase, amplitude, and other parameters for different harmonics of a fundamental wave can be identified that improve operating parameters such as the duty cycle and peak frequency matching between scans. The fundamental wave ...

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    20. Motion correction and normalization of features in optical coherence tomography

      Motion correction and normalization of features in optical coherence tomography

      An optical coherence tomography system is provided. The system includes an OCT imager; a two-dimensional transverse scanner coupled to the OCT imager, the two-dimensional transverse scanner receiving light from the light source and coupling reflected light from a sample into the OCT imager; a computer coupled to receive 3D OCT data from the OCT imager, the computer further processes the 3D OCT data; wherein the processing the 3D OCT data includes: correcting motion artifacts in baseline mode; generating reference data in baseline mode; performing segmentation to identify volumes of interest; extracting feature information, the feature information including reflectivity, texture, or ...

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      Mentions: Optovue Jay Wei
    21. Tomography probe

      Tomography probe

      An optical probe suitable for medical or dental tomography is switchable between a rotating and non-rotating mode to control interference between source signals and data signals. The probe is suitably constructed in an in-line configuration and uses Faraday rotators which rotate polarization in the same direction in a rotating mode and rotate polarization in opposite directions in a non-rotating mode.

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    22. Amplified widely tunable short cavity laser

      Amplified widely tunable short cavity laser

      An amplified tunable source includes a short-cavity laser coupled to an optical amplifier for high power, spectrally shaped operation. The short-cavity laser is coupled to a quantum well semiconductor optical amplifier with two quantum states for broadened gain. Two preferred wavelength ranges of the amplified tunable source include 1200-1400 nm and 800-1100 nm. Also disclosed is the short cavity tunable laser coupled to a fiber amplifier. Various combinations of tunable optical filters with the amplified tunable source to reduce noise or improve spectral purity are presented.

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    23. Heads up displays for optical coherence tomography integrated surgical microscopes

      Heads up displays for optical coherence tomography integrated surgical microscopes

      Surgical microscope systems are provided including an optical coherence tomography (OCT) system; an objective lens; oculars for direct viewing of a subject distal to the objective lens; a heads up display module configured to direct an optical image through the oculars to be visible to a user of at least one ocular; and a coupling element connected to the surgical microscope coupling the OCT system, the heads up display module and the objective lens. The coupling element has first and second faces, the first face positioned toward the oculars of the surgical microscope and the second face positioned toward the ...

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    24. Ophthalmic laser treatment apparatus

      Ophthalmic laser treatment apparatus

      An ophthalmic laser treatment apparatus includes an irradiation position obtaining unit arranged to obtain analysis result data based on a tomographic image of a patient's eye captured by an optical coherence tomography device before a treatment laser beam is irradiated, and obtain information of an irradiation position of the treatment laser beam with respect to the eye set by use of the obtained analysis result data, and a laser control unit arranged to irradiate the laser beam to the eye based on the irradiation position information obtained by the irradiation position obtaining unit.

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      Mentions: Nidek
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