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    1. OCT probes and OCT optical probe component for use therein

      OCT probes and OCT optical probe component for use therein

      An OCT optical probe component comprising: A rod having a first end and a second end, a lens situated proximate to the second end of the rod, the lens having a surface with an inner zone a, and an outer zone b, wherein the inner zone a is associated with the focal length fla, and said outer zone b is associated with the focal length flb, such that optical probe component is multi-focal, the optical probe capable of imaging at multiple image planes, via the lens of an object adjacent to the first end of the rod, wherein the at ...

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      Mentions: Corning
    2. Measuring device and glucose concentration measurement method of the measuring device

      Measuring device and glucose concentration measurement method of the measuring device

      The inventive concept relates to a measuring device. The measuring device irradiates a first beam including a polarization component and a second beam which is a wavelength swept laser having a coherence length previously set and can measure a glucose concentration of an aqueous humor by measuring an optical path length and the rotation amount of a polarization plane respectively from a first output beam and a second output beam being output from an eye.

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    3. System and method for autofocusing of an imaging system

      System and method for autofocusing of an imaging system

      Methods and systems for autofocusing of an imaging system are presented. Provided is an imaging system and an optical interferometry system for generating one or more images corresponding to a target region in a subject. The method provides calibration information that identifies a focal position of the optical interferometry system corresponding to a determined focal position of the imaging system. A subsequent focal position of the imaging system is determined for generating a desired image corresponding to at least one of another target region in the subject and another position of the target region relative to the imaging system based ...

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    4. Reconstruction of optical coherent tomography (OCT) images of morphological features

      Reconstruction of optical coherent tomography (OCT) images of morphological features

      Imaging devices and processing techniques based on imaging information along the depth direction in an optical coherent tomography (OCT) image are disclosed to enhance observed morphological features. The methods and systems obtain different OCT images of the target object under different reference path lengths, process the different OCT images to obtain a derivative with respect to the signal path length of image information of the different images, and processing the derivative to extract improved image information of the target object. The derivatives may be in a form related to a gradient value of the normalized OCT image intensity, or an ...

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    5. Atherectomy catheters devices having multi-channel bushings

      Atherectomy catheters devices having multi-channel bushings

      Atherectomy catheters and methods of using them are described herein. In particular, described herein are optical coherence tomography (OCT) catheters that may include a distal tip that can be deflected away from the long axis of the device using a multi-channel bushing. The bushing may include at a hinge point that is offset (e.g., located on a side of the elongate body near the distal end of the elongate body) and a rotatable cutter near an imaging assembly that can be driven against the wall with a high mechanical advantage.

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    6. Method for calibrating and correcting the scanning distortion of an optical coherence tomography system

      Method for calibrating and correcting the scanning distortion of an optical coherence tomography system

      Method for calibrating and correcting the scanning distortion of any optical coherence tomography system by using reference patterns and obtaining mathematical relationships between the positions of the reference points in a reference pattern and the local coordinates of said reference points, said coordinates are obtained by means of said optical coherence tomography system

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    7. Optical tomographic device capable of acquiring a plurality of tomographic images

      Optical tomographic device capable of acquiring a plurality of tomographic images

      Provided is an optical tomographic device for simultaneously acquiring a plurality of tomographic images at a same position in a subject without narrowing a depthwise measurement range. A measurement light generator generates at least two measurement lights with different optical path lengths, superimposes the at least two measurement lights, radiates the resultant light to a subject, and splits reflected light reflected from the subject into at least two reflected lights. A reference light generator generates at least two reference lights with different optical path lengths. An interfering light generator combines the at least two reflected lights and the at least ...

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    8. System and method of dynamic and adaptive creation of a wavelength continuous and prescribed wavelength versus time sweep from a laser

      System and method of dynamic and adaptive creation of a wavelength continuous and prescribed wavelength versus time sweep from a laser

      A system (10, 20) and method including a wavelength tuning mechanism and a laser path length tuning mechanism for reducing discontinuities in a sweep range. A processor (14) is coupled to a wavelength monitoring device (18) and the tuning mechanisms. The processor analyzes data from the wavelength monitor to adjust the wavelength tuning and cavity length tuning at discontinuities in the wavelength sweep to reduce the discontinuities.

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    9. Wavelength tunable laser device and optical coherence tomography apparatus

      Wavelength tunable laser device and optical coherence tomography apparatus

      A wavelength tunable laser device, including: a first reflector; a second reflector; an active layer formed between the first reflector and the second reflector; a quantum well structure layer that exhibits a quantum confined stark effect; and an electrode configured to apply a reverse bias voltage to the quantum well structure layer, wherein the active layer and the second reflector have a gap formed therebetween, the gap having a length to be changed to thereby sweep a resonance wavelength, and wherein the electrode is further configured to change application of the reverse bias voltage to be applied to the quantum ...

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    10. OCT apparatus and method of controlling the same

      OCT apparatus and method of controlling the same

      In an OCT apparatus for obtaining a tomogram using optical interference between signal light and reference light, a first distance between a specific image and a coherence gate is obtained from a first tomogram obtained by imaging. The coherence gate is moved by a set moving distance along a predetermined moving direction. The positional relationship between the specific image and the coherence gate is determined based on the position of the specific image in a second tomogram obtained by imaging after movement of the coherence gate and the position of the specific image in the first tomogram.

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    11. Non-invasive 3D imaging and measuring of anterior chamber angle of the eye

      Non-invasive 3D imaging and measuring of anterior chamber angle of the eye

      Embodiments of OCT measurement and analysis techniques described herein enable precise 3D anterior chamber angle measurement from major, pertinent landmarks in the eye. Such techniques result in a more reliable, quantifiable angle measurement technique that is both non-invasive and non-contact in nature, thereby improving clinical practicality, while improving patient comfort and care. For example, a method is provided for in vivo imaging of an eye, including taking a plurality of optical coherence tomography (OCT) line scans of an eye to obtain a 3-dimensional (3D) radial scan pattern, the individual line scans including a plurality of axial scans, and obtaining a ...

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    12. Tracking system for surgical optical coherence tomography

      Tracking system for surgical optical coherence tomography

      An OCT tracking system includes an imaging unit operable to generate a fundus image of a patient's eye and a tracking system operable to process the fundus image to determine a location of a surgical instrument inserted into the patient's eye. The OCT tracking system further includes an OCT system including an OCT light source operable to generate an OCT imaging beam and a beam scanner. Based at least in part on the determined location of the surgical instrument, the beam scanner directs the OCT imaging beam to a particular region within the patient's eye, the particular ...

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      Mentions: Lingfeng Yu
    13. Time-multiplexed spectrally controlled interferometry

      Time-multiplexed spectrally controlled interferometry

      A tunable light source having a temporal coherence length such that interference fringes are detected within the optical path difference of the interferometer is spectrally controlled to produce multiple wavelengths during sequential fractions of the integration time of the detector of the interferometer. The wavelengths are selected so as to produce a visible correlogram at each integration time according to spectrally controlled interferometry (SCI) principles. Such different wavelengths may be produced by stepwise or continuous modulation. The modulation step is repeated sequentially while changing the period of modulation to produce a succession of predetermined spatial patterns of interference fringes, as ...

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    14. Sample clock generator for optical tomographic imaging apparatus, and optical tomographic imaging apparatus

      Sample clock generator for optical tomographic imaging apparatus, and optical tomographic imaging apparatus

      A sample clock generator includes a first optical path and a second optical path through which input lights are guided, an optical phase shifter to shift a phase of the input light guided through the first optical path, an interference-light generating unit to combine a phase-shifted input light and the input light guided through the second optical path to thereby generate an interference light for sample clock, a splitting unit to split the interference light for sample clock into two split lights having different phases, one light receiving unit to at least receive one split light from among the two ...

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    15. Optical coherence tomography lumen morphology and vascular resistance measurements methods for blood vessel evaluations

      Optical coherence tomography lumen morphology and vascular resistance measurements methods for blood vessel evaluations

      A method and apparatus of automatically locating in an image of a blood vessel the lumen boundary at a position in the vessel and from that measuring the diameter of the vessel. From the diameter of the vessel and estimated blood flow rate, a number of clinically significant physiological parameters are then determined and various user displays of interest generated. One use of these images and parameters is to aid the clinician in the placement of a stent. The system, in one embodiment, uses these measurements to allow the clinician to simulate the placement of a stent and to determine ...

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    16. Imaging apparatus for diagnosis, information processing apparatus, control method thereof, program and computer-readable storage medium

      Imaging apparatus for diagnosis, information processing apparatus, control method thereof, program and computer-readable storage medium

      An imaging apparatus for diagnosis and a control method of an imaging apparatus for diagnosis are disclosed, which acquire line data represented by multiple luminance values in a radial direction from a rotation center position of an imaging core, which are derived by a rotation position and movement of the imaging core. Then, based on the acquired line data, an image of a two-dimensional space in which .theta. representing a rotation angle and z representing a position in a movement direction are set to two axes is generated and displayed.

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    17. Integrated dual swept source alternating same scan band for OCT medical imaging

      Integrated dual swept source alternating same scan band for OCT medical imaging

      An optical coherence analysis system comprising: a first swept source that generates a first optical signal that is tuned over a first spectral scan band, a second swept source that generates a second optical signal that is tuned over a second spectral scan band, a combiner for combining the first optical signal and the second optical signal to form a combined optical signal, an interferometer for dividing the combined optical signal between a reference arm leading to a reference reflector and a sample arm leading to a sample, and a detector system for detecting an interference signal generated from the ...

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    18. Probe for optical imaging

      Probe for optical imaging

      A probe for a three-dimensional (3D) scanning optical imaging which prevents rotational irregularity, axial runout, friction, rotation transmission delays of a rotational part by reducing occurrences of rotation transmission delays, torque loss, and the like, and can perform scanning of a certain length in an axial direction and obtain a three-dimensional observation image, in a probe for OCT image diagnosis. A fixed side optical fiber that transmits light between a tip side and a rear side of a probe and is non-rotatably disposed, a first optical path conversion means that rotates to emit a light ray in a substantially radial ...

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    19. Optical coherence tomography technique

      Optical coherence tomography technique

      An optical coherence tomography device comprises a light generator, a dispersive medium, an optical coupler and a detector. The light generator is adapted to generate a series of input pulses of coherent light, each input pulse having an input pulse width. The dispersive medium has an input that is optically coupled to the light generator and an output for output pulses. The dispersive medium is adapted to stretch the input pulse width to an output pulse width of each of the output pulses by chromatic dispersion. The optical coupler is adapted to couple the output pulses into a reference arm ...

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      Mentions: Henning Wisweh
    20. Device for emitting super-continuous wide-band light and uses thereof

      Device for emitting super-continuous wide-band light and uses thereof

      The disclosed broadband supercontinuum light emitting device includes a nonlinear optical fiber, a pump system, a cavity, and an active medium. The active medium may comprise an active fiber and may be located inside the cavity. The active medium is configured and arranged, by means of a pumping provided by the pump system, to generate and emit chaotic pulses of laser light towards the nonlinear optical fiber, which excite the nonlinear effects thereof for the generation and emission of supercontinuum light in the form of pulses of light distributed randomly over time. Numerous uses of the device are disclosed for ...

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    21. Optical coherence tomography apparatus, control method for optical coherence tomography apparatus, and non-transitory tangible medium

      Optical coherence tomography apparatus, control method for optical coherence tomography apparatus, and non-transitory tangible medium

      Provided is an optical coherence tomography apparatus expected to facilitate observation of reliable analyzed image data to improve inspection efficiency. The tomography apparatus includes: an acquisition unit configured to acquire a tomographic image of an object to be inspected; an identifying unit configured to identify an image display area corresponding to a part to be inspected of the object to be inspected in the tomographic image; a determination unit configured to determine a significant area and a non-significant area based on a positional relationship between a periphery of the image display area and the tomographic image; and a display control ...

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    22. Optical tomographic image photographing apparatus and optical tomographic image photographing program

      Optical tomographic image photographing apparatus and optical tomographic image photographing program

      An optical tomographic image photographing apparatus for acquiring information on a tissue inside a specimen, the apparatus includes: a synthesis unit configured to generate a interference beam by synthesizing a measuring beam reflected from the tissue and a reference beam; and a detector configured to detect the generated first interference beam as a first interference signal, the first interference beam being detected for each scanning position of the measuring beam. The optical tomographic image photographing apparatus acquires tomographic information for each scanning position of the specimen by using the detected first interference signal and acquiring tomographic image data of the ...

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      Mentions: Nidek
    23. Procedural optical coherence tomography (OCT) for surgery and related methods

      Procedural optical coherence tomography (OCT) for surgery and related methods

      Methods for performing a surgical procedure using optical coherence tomography (OCT) are provided. The method includes extracting lenticular material from within a capsular bag of an eye of a patient; acquiring at least one OCT image of an interior region of the capsular bag after extraction of substantially all of the lenticular material from within the capsular bag; determining from the at least one OCT image the presence of cellular debris remaining within the interior of the capsular bag; and extracting at least a portion of the remaining cellular debris from the interior of the capsular bag.

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