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    1. Methods and systems for optical imaging or epithelial luminal organs by beam scanning thereof

      Methods and systems for optical imaging or epithelial luminal organs by beam scanning thereof

      Arrangements, apparatus, systems and systems are provided for obtaining data for at least one portion within at least one luminal or hollow sample. The arrangement, system or apparatus can be (insertable via at least one of a mouth or a nose of a patient. For example, a first optical arrangement can be configured to transceive at least one electromagnetic (e.g., visible) radiation to and from the portion. A second arrangement may be provided at least partially enclosing the first arrangement. Further, a third arrangement can be configured to be actuated so as to position the first arrangement at a ...

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    2. A Micromotor Catheter for Intravascular Optical Coherence Tomography

      A Micromotor Catheter for Intravascular Optical Coherence Tomography

      We have developed a new form of intravascular optical coherence tomography (IV-OCT) that allows the extremely fast acquisition of high-resolution images of the coronary arteries. This process leads to much better image quality by eliminating cardiac motion artefacts and undersampling. It relies on a catheter that incorporates a synchronous micromotor with a diameter of 1.0 mm and a rotational speed of up to 5600 revolutions per second, enabling an IV-OCT frame rate of 5.6 kHz. This speed is matched by a wavelength-swept laser that generates up to 2.8 million image lines per second. With this setup, our ...

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    3. Enhanced Optical Coherence Vibration Tomography for Subnanoscale-Displacement-Resolution Calibration of Piezoelectric Actuators

      Enhanced Optical Coherence Vibration Tomography for Subnanoscale-Displacement-Resolution Calibration of Piezoelectric Actuators

      We report a sub nanoscale-displacement-resolution optical coherence vibration tomography (SOCVT) system for real-time calibration of piezoelectric actuators. The calibrations of the actuators at nanoscale or microscale displacement ranges were performed by varying the input voltage over the entire range in the ascending and descending directions. The computational and experimental results demonstrated that the developed SOCVT could be used to characterizethe dynamic hysteretic behaviour, nonlinear effect, and impulsive behaviour of piezoelectric actuators. The SOCVT technique is non-contact and non-invasive in nature, making it ideal for real-time and in situ ultra-precision calibration of piezoelectric actuators, which are widely used in active vibration ...

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    4. Rapid scanning catheterscope for expanded forward-view volumetric imaging with optical coherence tomography

      Rapid scanning catheterscope for expanded forward-view volumetric imaging with optical coherence tomography

      We demonstrate a novel catheterscope, based on scanning fiber endoscopy, for volumetric imaging with optical coherence tomography (OCT), which possesses a high resonance frequency ( > 2     kHz ) and a small outer diameter (OD) (1.07 mm). Our design is the fastest volumetric-scanning, forward-viewing catheterscope for OCT, and the scanning package has the smallest OD of any such OCT package published to date. Using a proof-of-operation catheterscope with commercial lenses, we demonstrate high-quality in vivo and ex vivo volumetric imaging and extend the 1.1 mm diameter field of view more than 200-fold by mosaicking. Due to its small OD, short rigid ...

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    5. Miniature probe integrating optical-resolution photoacoustic microscopy, optical coherence tomography, and ultrasound imaging: proof-of-concept

      Miniature probe integrating optical-resolution photoacoustic microscopy, optical coherence tomography, and ultrasound imaging: proof-of-concept

      In this Letter, we present a novel tri-modal miniature side-view probe, through which optical-resolution photoacoustic microscopy (OR-PAM), optical coherence tomography (OCT), and pulse-echo ultrasound (US) images can be coaxially acquired and displayed simultaneously. The probe consists of a common optical path for OR-PAM (light delivery) and OCT (light delivery/detection), and a 40-MHz unfocused ultrasound transducer for OR-PAM (photoacoustic detection) and US (ultrasound transmission/receiving) with an overall diameter of 2 mm. Combining OR-PAM, OCT, and US would provide complementary information including optical absorption (OR-PAM), optical back-scattering (OCT), and deep tissue structures (US) about biological tissue. Based on an integrated ...

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    6. Sapphire lens-based optical fiber probe for optical coherence tomography

      Sapphire lens-based optical fiber probe for optical coherence tomography

      A probe for an optical coherence tomography system according to an embodiment of the current invention includes a sheath having a proximal end and a distal end and defining a lumen therein, an optical fiber disposed at least partially within the lumen of said sheath, and a sapphire lens attached to the distal end of the sheath to form a fluid-tight seal to prevent fluid from entering the lumen of said sheath. The optical fiber has an end arranged in an optical path with the sapphire lens to provide optical coupling between the sapphire lens and the optical fiber.

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    7. White coherent laser light launched into nano fibers for surgical illumination

      White coherent laser light launched into nano fibers for surgical illumination

      Disclosed is an exemplary surgical illumination system that includes a first laser configured to emit a first light beam having a first spectral range, and an illumination probe optically connectable to the first laser. The first laser may be configured as a supercontinuum laser. The surgical illumination system may include a second laser configured to emit a second light beam having a second spectral range, and a beam combiner for combing the first and second laser beams to form a third laser beam having a spectral range of the first and second lasers. The illumination probe includes a fiber optic ...

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    8. Optimization of galvanometer scanning for optical coherence tomography

      Optimization of galvanometer scanning for optical coherence tomography

      We study experimentally the effective duty cycle of galvanometer-based scanners (GSs) with regard to three main parameters of the scanning process: theoretical/imposed duty cycle (of the input signal), scan frequency, and scan amplitude. Sawtooth and triangular input signals for the device are considered. The effects of the mechanical inertia of the oscillatory element of the GS are analyzed and their consequences are discussed in the context of optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging. When the theoretical duty cycle and the scan amplitude are increased to the limit, the saturation of the device is demonstrated for a useful range of scan ...

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    9. Miniaturized magnetic-driven scanning probe for endoscopic optical coherence tomography

      Miniaturized magnetic-driven scanning probe for endoscopic optical coherence tomography

      We designed and implemented a magnetic-driven scanning (MDS) probe for endoscopic optical coherence tomography (OCT). The probe uses an externally-driven tiny magnet in the distal end to achieve unobstructed 360-degree circumferential scanning at the side of the probe. The design simplifies the scanning part inside the probe and thus allows for easy miniaturization and cost reduction. We made a prototype probe with an outer diameter of 1.4 mm and demonstrated its capability by acquiring OCT images of ex vivo trachea and artery samples from a pigeon. We used a spectrometer-based Fourier-domain OCT system and the system sensitivity with our ...

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    10. Medical device with means to improve transmission of torque along a rotational drive shaft

      Medical device with means to improve transmission of torque along a rotational drive shaft

      The present invention provides minimally invasive imaging probe/medical device having a frictional element integrated therewith for reducing non-uniform rotational distortion near the distal end of a medical device, such as an imaging probe which undergoes rotational movement during scanning of surrounding tissue in bodily lumens and cavities.

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    11. Monolithic beam-shaping optical systems and methods for an OCT probe

      Monolithic beam-shaping optical systems and methods for an OCT probe

      Monolithic beam-shaping optical systems and methods are disclosed for an optical coherence tomography (OCT) probe that includes a transparent cylindrical housing having asymmetric optical power. The system includes a transparent monolithic body having a folded optical axis and at least one alignment feature that supports the end of an optical fiber adjacent an angled planar end wall. The monolithic body also includes a total-internal reflection surface and a lens surface that define object and image planes. Light from the optical fiber end traverses the optical path, which includes the cylindrical housing residing between the lens surface and the image plane ...

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      Mentions: Corning
    12. Counter-rotating ophthalmic scanner drive mechanism

      Counter-rotating ophthalmic scanner drive mechanism

      An endoprobe for ophthalmic microsurgical procedures including a hand-piece including a motor, a cannula assembly coupled to the hand-piece, and a transmission system coupling the motor to the cannula assembly is provided. The cannula assembly having an outer tube and an inner tube concentric with the outer tube, each able to rotate about the longitudinal axis and having a proximal end and a distal end. The transmission system rotates the outer tube in a first direction and the inner tube in a second, opposing direction about the longitudinal axis. A method for scanning a light beam along a linear trajectory ...

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    13. Optical Probe For Optical Coherence Tomography And Manufacturing Method Therefor

      Optical Probe For Optical Coherence Tomography And Manufacturing Method Therefor

      Provided are: an OCT optical probe that is capable of reducing the reflected light that occurs at the interface region between the optical fiber and the lensed fiber; and a manufacturing method therefor. The OCT optical probe (10A) is provided with an optical fiber (22) for transmitting irradiated light and reflected and scattered light, and a lensed fiber (11), which is fused to the end face (22d) of the optical fiber (22) and is for collimating and emitting irradiated light into a living body and for collecting reflected and scattered light and guiding same to the end face (22d) of ...

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    14. Common Path Side Viewing Monolithic Ball Lens Probe for Optical Coherence Tomography

      Common Path Side Viewing Monolithic Ball Lens Probe for Optical Coherence Tomography

      Common path probes are highly desirable for optical coherence tomography as they reduce system complexity and cost by eliminating the need of dispersion compensation and polarization controlling optics. In this work, we demonstrate a monolithic ball lens based, common path, side viewing probe that is suitable for Fourier domain optical coherence tomography. The probe design parameters were simulated in Zemax modeling software and the simulated performance parameters were compared with experimental results. We characterized the performance of the probe by measuring its collection efficiency, resolution, and sensitivity. Our results demonstrated that with a source input power of 25 mW, we ...

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    15. Ultra-thin and flexible endoscopy probe for optical coherence tomography based on stepwise transitional core fiber

      Ultra-thin and flexible endoscopy probe for optical coherence tomography based on stepwise transitional core fiber

      We present an ultra-thin fiber-body endoscopy probe for optical coherence tomography (OCT) which is based on a stepwise transitional core (STC) fiber. In a minimalistic design, our probe was made of spliced specialty fibers that could be directly used for beam probing optics without using a lens. In our probe, the OCT light delivered through a single-mode fiber was efficiently expanded to a large mode field of 24 μm diameter for a low beam divergence. The size of our probe was 85 μm in the probe’s diameter while operated in a 160-μm thick protective tubing. Through theoretical and ...

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    16. Image apparatus and control method thereof configured to determine optical probe abnormality

      Image apparatus and control method thereof configured to determine optical probe abnormality

      An imaging apparatus generates a cross-sectional image in the longitudinal direction inside a body cavity (e.g., blood vessel) by using an interference signal. The apparatus includes an obtaining unit for obtaining line data, and a judgment unit for judging whether or not the optical probe unit operates in a normal state based on existence or non-existence of intensity change in at least a portion of signals within the obtained line date, based on existence or non-existence of change of position in the depth direction in which the portion of signals appear, or based on change quantity per unit time ...

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    17. In Vivo, Percutaneous, Needle Based, Optical Coherence Tomography of Renal Masses

      In Vivo, Percutaneous, Needle Based, Optical Coherence Tomography of Renal Masses

      Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is the optical equivalent of ultrasound imaging, based on the backscattering of near infrared light. OCT provides real time images with a 15 µm axial resolution at an effective tissue penetration of 2-3 mm. Within the OCT images the loss of signal intensity per millimeter of tissue penetration, the attenuation coefficient, is calculated. The attenuation coefficient is a tissue specific property, providing a quantitative parameter for tissue differentiation. Until now, renal mass treatment decisions have been made primarily on the basis of MRI and CT imaging characteristics, age and comorbidity. However these parameters and diagnostic methods ...

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    18. Laser tissue coagulation and concurrent optical coherence tomography through a double-clad fiber coupler

      Laser tissue coagulation and concurrent optical coherence tomography through a double-clad fiber coupler

      Double-clad fiber (DCF) is herein used in conjunction with a double-clad fiber coupler (DCFC) to enable simultaneous and co-registered optical coherence tomography (OCT) and laser tissue coagulation. The DCF allows a single channel fiber-optic probe to be shared: i.e. the core propagating the OCT signal while the inner cladding delivers the coagulation laser light. We herein present a novel DCFC designed and built to combine both signals within a DCF (>90% of single-mode transmission; >65% multimode coupling). Potential OCT imaging degradation mechanisms are also investigated and solutions to mitigate them are presented. The combined DCFC-based system was used to ...

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    19. Rotational MEMS mirror with latching arm for silicon photonics

      Rotational MEMS mirror with latching arm for silicon photonics

      We present an innovative rotational MEMS mirror that can control the direction of propagation of light beams inside of planar waveguides implemented in silicon photonics. Potential applications include but are not limited to optical telecommunications, medical imaging, scan and spectrometry. The mirror has a half-cylinder shape with a radius of 300 μm that provides low and constant optical losses over the full angular displacement range. A circular comb drive structure is anchored such that it allows free or latched rotation experimentally demonstrated over 8.5° (X-Y planar rotational movement) using 290V electrostatic actuation. The entire MEMS structure was implemented using ...

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    20. Ultrahigh speed en face OCT capsule for endoscopic imaging

      Ultrahigh speed en face OCT capsule for endoscopic imaging

      Depth resolved and en face OCT visualization in vivo may have important clinical applications in endoscopy. We demonstrate a high speed, two-dimensional (2D) distal scanning capsule with a micromotor for fast rotary scanning and a pneumatic actuator for precision longitudinal scanning. Longitudinal position measurement and image registration were performed by optical tracking of the pneumatic scanner. The 2D scanning device enables high resolution imaging over a small field of view and is suitable for OCT as well as other scanning microscopies. Large field of view imaging for screening or surveillance applications can also be achieved by proximally pulling back or ...

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    21. Stub lens assemblies for use in optical coherence tomography systems

      Stub lens assemblies for use in optical coherence tomography systems

      Stub lens assemblies for use in optical coherence tomography. The stub lens assembly has an optical fiber having an end, and an optical fiber ferrule that supports the optical fiber. The stub lens assembly also has a sleeve having a central channel with first and second ends, with the optical fiber ferrule supported within the central channel at the first end. The stub lens assembly further includes a stub lens element having a stub section with a proximal end that resides adjacent the optical fiber end within the central channel of the sleeve. The stub section is formed integral with ...

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    22. Optical Coherence Tomography Optical Fiber Assembly Capabilities

      Optical Coherence Tomography Optical Fiber Assembly Capabilities

      OFS , a designer, manufacturer, and supplier of fiber optic products, has introduced new OCT optical fiber assembly capabilities. OFS has developed a technology platform to build optical fiber probes with flexible tip lensing designs to meet critical OCT imaging specifications such as: insertion loss, internal back reflection, beam size and working distance. The company says that because it is vertically integrated with preform (glass) manufacturing, it can make a wide range of fibers with features such as select cutoff, specific numerical apertures, graded index fibers and coreless fibers. Furthermore, polishing and fiber tip shaping skills allow them to assemble custom ...

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    23. Real-time epidural anesthesia guidance using optical coherence tomography needle probe

      Real-time epidural anesthesia guidance using optical coherence tomography needle probe

      Epidural anesthesia is one of the most widely used anesthesia methods. Due to lack of visual feedback to guide needle navigation, failure rate of epidural anesthesia is up to 20%, and the complication rate of peripheral nerve block approaches 10%, with the potential of permanent nerve damage. To address these difficulties, needle insertion under ultrasound guidance and fluoroscopy has been introduced. However, they do not provide adequate resolution and contrast to distinguish the tissue layers that the needle travels through or to specifically identify the epidural space. To improve the accuracy of epidural space identification, we developed a small hand-held ...

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    24. OFS Developes Optical Coherence Tomography Probes for Cardiovascular and GI Applications

      OFS Developes Optical Coherence Tomography  Probes for Cardiovascular and GI Applications

      OFS has been a part of the expanding adaptation of optical coherence tomography (OCT)—dominant in ophthalmology—using miniature optical fiber probes to see deep inside the body. The growth of applications, including cardiology, oncology, and gastroenterology, demonstrate the viability of the technology and the ultimate aim of improving our standard of healthcare. Optical Fiber Probes Supporting the adoption of OCT, OFS has developed the technology platform needed to build high quality optical fiber probes, with flexible tip lensing designs for b

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