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    1. Method for inspecting an ophthalmic lens using optical coherence tomography

      Method for inspecting an ophthalmic lens using optical coherence tomography

      A method for inspecting an ophthalmic lens, such as a contact lens, using Optical Coherence Tomography. The method includes illuminating a sample volume including the lens with a sample light beam which is provided from a light source having a power of at least 2 mW at a wavelength of 1040 nm to 1080 nm and which does not exceed 5 W. In carrying out the method an ophthalmic lens is inspected which has been manufactured such that it comprises scattering centers embedded in and/or on an anterior surface and in and/or on a posterior surface thereof, respectively ...

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    2. Dual laser frequency sweep interferometry system and method

      Dual laser frequency sweep interferometry system and method

      An optical arrangement, method and measurement system are disclosed. The arrangement includes a first input to receive a first beam from a frequency swept laser, a second input to receive a second beam from a fixed frequency pump laser source. A non-linear optical artifact receives and intermodulates the first and second beams to generate a third beam, the third being an inverted copy of the first beam mirrored relative to the fixed frequency of the pump laser source. A selective combining element outputs the first and third beams. The non-linear artifact or one or both of the lasers is selected ...

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    3. Light detection module for OCT device and OCT device

      Light detection module for OCT device and OCT device

      A light detecting module that detects interference light that has exited an exit end surface of an optical fiber in an OCT instrument includes: a ball lens including an incident surface entered by the interference light that has exited the exit end surface, and an exit surface exited by the interference light that has entered the incident surface; and a photodiode including a detecting surface entered by the interference light that has exited the exit surface. The interference light obliquely enters the incident surface with respect to a perpendicular line at an incident position of the interference light. The interference ...

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    4. Method of processing optical coherence tomographic image and apparatus for performing the method

      Method of processing optical coherence tomographic image and apparatus for performing the method

      Provided are a method and an apparatus for processing an optical coherence tomographic image. The method of processing an optical coherence tomographic image includes obtaining an optical coherence tomographic image by irradiating light to an object; generating a color space map based on the obtained optical coherence tomographic image; normalizing data of the obtained optical coherence tomographic image; realigning the normalized data of the optical coherence tomographic image; performing a tone mapping on the realigned data of the optical coherence tomographic image; and generating a color image by mapping the data of the optical coherence tomographic image on which the ...

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      Mentions: Samsung
    5. OCT swept laser with cavity length compensation

      OCT swept laser with cavity length compensation

      An optical coherence tomography system utilizes an optical swept laser that has cavity length compensator that changes an optical length of the laser cavity for different optical frequencies to increase the length of the laser cavity for lower optical frequencies. Specifically, a spectral separation between longitudinal cavity modes of the laser cavity is shortened or alternatively lengthened as a passband of a cavity tuning element sweeps through a scanband of the swept optical signal. In some examples, the compensator is implemented as two gratings. In others, it is implemented as a chirped grating device.

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    6. Optical tomographic imaging method, optical tomographic imaging apparatus, and program

      Optical tomographic imaging method, optical tomographic imaging apparatus, and program

      In a measurement by means of OCT, when dispersion is present in a measured target or an optical system in the vicinity of the measured target, resolution of the measurement is degraded. One spectral interference fringe intensity is acquired when a phase difference between measurement light and reference light is not introduced, two spectral interference fringe intensities are acquired in a time-series manner when a phase difference of .pi. is introduced, a required calculation is performed based on the intensity, and a tomographic image not having reduced resolution due to dispersion is acquired.

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    7. Reflective optical coherence tomography probe

      Reflective optical coherence tomography probe

      A beam-shaping optical system suitable for use with optical coherence tomography includes a beam-shaping body having a beam-shaping element and an alignment feature. An optical fiber is coupled to the alignment feature. The fiber has a fiber end configured to emit an electromagnetic beam. The fiber and the body are configured to direct the beam into the beam-shaping element such that the beam is shaped solely by reflection into an image spot.

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      Mentions: Corning
    8. Signal processing for an optical coherence tomography (OCT) apparatus

      Signal processing for an optical coherence tomography (OCT) apparatus

      An OCT signal processing apparatus includes: a OCT signal receiver configured to receive a plurality of OCT signals detected by an OCT device based on measurement light radiated to a test substance and reference light; a display; a controller configured to: processes the plurality of OCT signals received by the OCT signal receiver to obtain 3-dimensional motion contrast data; extract depth region data from the 3-dimensional motion contrast data, the depth region data representing motion contrast data in a depth region of a part of the test substance; and display, on the display, a confirmation screen including the motion contrast ...

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      Mentions: Nidek
    9. Reducing speckle noise in optical coherence tomography images

      Reducing speckle noise in optical coherence tomography images

      A method and system are proposed to obtain a reduced speckle noise image of a subject from optical coherence tomography (OCT) image data of the subject. The cross sectional images each comprise a plurality of scan lines obtained by measuring the time delay of light reflected, in a depth direction, from optical interfaces within the subject. The method comprises two aligning steps. First the cross sectional images are aligned, then image patches of the aligned cross sectional images are aligned to form a set of aligned patches. An image matrix is then formed from the aligned patches; and matrix completion ...

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    10. Optical coherence tomography apparatus for selectively visualizing and analyzing vascular network of choroidal layer, and image-processing program and image-processing method for the same

      Optical coherence tomography apparatus for selectively visualizing and analyzing vascular network of choroidal layer, and image-processing program and image-processing method for the same

      From OCT-measured data, only the image data of the choroidal vascular network present in the layer of the choroidal layer is selectively extracted, thereby accurately obtaining the thickness of the choroidal vessels and thickness of the choroidal vascular network from the image data, to allow for quantitative evaluation of the choroidal vascular network. The optical coherence tomography apparatus has an optical coherence tomography device, and a computer that processes the three-dimensional OCT tomographic images obtained based on the OCT-measured data acquired by the optical coherence tomography device. The computer functions as a means for selectively separating out only the images ...

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    11. Method for acquiring retina structure from optical coherence tomographic image and system thereof

      Method for acquiring retina structure from optical coherence tomographic image and system thereof

      The present disclosure provides a method for acquiring a retina structure from an optical coherence tomographic image and a system thereof. The method comprises: calculating a region of interest (ROI) image of a source image; performing a Gaussian filtering of the ROI image; calculating a first estimated boundary position of a first layer boundary and a second estimated boundary position of a second layer boundary using a multi-resolution method; refining the first layer boundary and the second layer boundary respectively using a simplified active contour model according to the first estimated boundary position and the second estimated boundary position, to ...

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    12. Systems for optical imaging of biological tissues

      Systems for optical imaging of biological tissues

      A fiber-based polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) system uses a new polarization diversity detection (PDD) scheme and requires no active polarization modulating components. Retardation of the sample can be determined from amplitudes of arbitrarily-oriented x- and y-components of the reflected light. A hybrid custom 50/50 coupler with single-mode fiber inputs and polarization maintaining (PM) fiber outputs combines light from sample and reference arms of an interferometer. Another embodiment provides a system adapted to provide co-registered autofluorescence-optical coherence tomography (AF-OCT) imaging. AF excitation light is introduced and collected AF light is extracted at a fiber optic rotary joint (FORJ ...

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    13. OCT data processing apparatus and OCT data processing program

      OCT data processing apparatus and OCT data processing program

      An OCT data processing device for processing OCT data of a subject eye includes: a processor; and memory storing computer readable program, when executed by the processor, causing the OCT data processing device to execute: acquiring OCT data from an OCT optical system; and analyzing the acquired OCT data to acquire arteriovenous information on the blood vessel based on image information on a blood vessel scan area including a blood vessel of the subject eye.

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      Mentions: Nidek
    14. Integrated optical system

      Integrated optical system

      Disclosed herein are optical integration technologies, designs, systems and methods directed toward Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and other interferometric optical sensor, ranging, and imaging systems wherein such systems, methods and structures employ tunable optical sources, coherent detection and other structures on a single or multichip monolithic integration. In contrast to contemporary, prior-art OCT systems and structures that employ simple, miniature optical bench technology using small optical components positioned on a substrate, systems and methods according to the present disclosure employ one or more photonic integrated circuits (PICs), use swept-source techniques, and employ a widely tunable optical source(s).

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      Mentions: Eric A. Swanson
    15. Systems and methods for retinal layer segmentation in OCT imaging and OCT angiography

      Systems and methods for retinal layer segmentation in OCT imaging and OCT angiography

      Disclosed herein are methods and systems for segmenting, visualizing, and quantifying the layered structure of retina in optical coherence tomography datasets. The disclosed methods have particular application to OCT angiography data, where specific retina layers have distinct vascular structures and characteristics that can be altered in various pathological conditions of the eye.

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    16. Associating optical coherence tomography (OCT) data with visual imagery of a sample

      Associating optical coherence tomography (OCT) data with visual imagery of a sample

      A multi-modal imaging and optical property measurement device that is integrated into an interferometer. Data acquired by the multiple imaging modalities in parallel include measurements of single-scattered, multiple-scattered, and diffuse light that enable characterization of different ranges within different depth regions in the sample. The system includes different interferometer configurations and different imaging modalities, and has a signal-processing unit that associates and co-registers interferometric, multi-spectral, and polarization sensitive measurements to derive and analyze optical properties of a sample and enhance an image display of the sample.

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    17. Optical coherence tomography imaging system

      Optical coherence tomography imaging system

      An imaging system, a method for imaging an object of interest, and an image of the object of interest. In one embodiment, an imaging system includes a channel configured to receive information from an object of interest, a 3DSS sub-system configured to capture information from the object of interest and generate at least one of 3D surface data or 3D position data based on the information captured by the 3DSS sub-system, and an OCT sub-system configured to perform a line scan of light reflected from the object of interest, generate OCT image data from the line scan, receive the at ...

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    18. Signal extraction systems and methods

      Signal extraction systems and methods

      Swept source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) systems and methods may employ down-conversion. Down-converter systems and methods may utilize a distribution element and a frequency down shifter. The distribution element may receive an output signal of a photo detection device, the output signal comprising a first frequency component at or below a maximum conversion frequency and a second frequency component above the maximum conversion frequency. The distribution element may send the first frequency component to an analog to digital (A/D) converter and send the second frequency component to a frequency down shifter. The frequency down shifter may down shift the ...

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    19. Forward and side imaging optical coherence tomography probe

      Forward and side imaging optical coherence tomography probe

      A forward-imaging optical coherence tomography probe is provided, comprising: a substantially cylindrical housing comprising: a longitudinal axis; an interior side; a distal end that is optically transparent; and a mirror located at the interior side, adjacent the distal end; an optical fiber located inside the cylindrical housing along the longitudinal axis; a wedge lens located inside the cylindrical housing, adjacent the distal end, the wedge lens configured to receive light from the fiber, and direct the light towards the mirror; and, at least one motor configured to both: rotate the fiber and the wedge lens about the longitudinal axis and ...

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    20. Selective amplification of optical coherence tomography signals

      Selective amplification of optical coherence tomography signals

      Presented is an optical coherence tomography system and method to increase imaging depth of optical coherence tomography (OCT) by selective amplification. In a swept-source OCT system with periodically linear wavenumber-vs-time characteristic, the signal in principle is summation of various sinusoidal signals with different frequencies. Each frequency component of the recorded signal carries reflectivity information for a certain depth of the analyzed object. At greater depth inside the analyzed object, the reflectivity information is generally weak due absorption and scattering. An analog or digital electronic circuit selectively filters and amplifies frequencies above some threshold, possibly up to another threshold. In this ...

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    21. Distributed delay-line for low-coherence interferometry

      Distributed delay-line for low-coherence interferometry

      A Time Domain Optical Coherence Tomography system using a modulation scheme multiplexes the scanning range of the delay line into different spectral bands. Such a modulation scheme may allow for power consumption reduction compared with a single delay line element since the same modulation pattern is being used for several channels. In an example, the optical coherence tomography system may include a plurality of stages, each stage having a group delay element. The distinct group delays may be introduced to scan a sample with distinct electrical frequency bands at distinct axial scanning depth ranges.

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    22. Radiofrequency ablation catheter with optical tissue evaluation

      Radiofrequency ablation catheter with optical tissue evaluation

      Systems and methods for performing RF ablation while monitoring the procedure using low coherence interferometry (LCI) data are described. A catheter includes a distal section, a proximal section, a multiplexer, and a sheath coupled between the distal section and the proximal section. The distal section includes several interconnected optical ports configured to transmit exposure radiation toward a sample and receive radiation that have been reflected or scattered from the sample. The interconnected optical ports are formed on a substrate having rigid sections and flexible sections arranged around the distal section. A holder maintains the interconnected optical elements in a fixed ...

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    23. OCT system with bonded MEMS tunable mirror VCSEL swept source

      OCT system with bonded MEMS tunable mirror VCSEL swept source

      A microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)-tunable vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) in which the MEMS mirror is bonded to the active region. This allows for a separate electrostatic cavity that is outside the laser's optical resonant cavity. Moreover, the use of this cavity configuration allows the MEMS mirror to be tuned by pulling the mirror away from the active region. This reduces the risk of snap down. Moreover, since the MEMS mirror is now bonded to the active region, much wider latitude is available in the technologies that are used to fabricate the MEMS mirror. This is preferably deployed as a ...

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    24. Ophthalmic imaging apparatus and ophthalmic information processing apparatus

      Ophthalmic imaging apparatus and ophthalmic information processing apparatus

      An ophthalmic imaging apparatus of an embodiment includes a measurement unit, an eye model generation unit, and a simulation execution unit. The measurement unit is configured to acquire a data set by applying optical coherence tomography to a three-dimensional region of a subject's eye including an area extending from an anterior surface of a cornea to a surface of a retina. The eye model generation unit is configured to acquire values of one or more parameters of the subject's eye by analyzing the data set acquired by the measurement unit, and to generate a three-dimensional eye model based ...

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