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    1. Special Section Guest Editorial: Advances in Retinal Imaging

      Special Section Guest Editorial: Advances in Retinal Imaging

      The guest editorial provides an introduction to the Special Section on Advanced Retinal Imaging: Instrumentation, Methods, and Applications. The retina is a peripheral part of the central nerve system (CNS) and shares many similarities with the cerebral cortex. They both have layered anatomy, the same types of functional elements and neurotransmitters, and similar vascular organization and blood-tissue barriers. With far fewer neuronal cell types and simpler anatomical structures, the retina is an excellent target for studying neural circuitry and neurovascular coupling. Meanwhile, approximately 80 percent of information from the outside world is processed as visual perception, 1 and retina-related blindness ...

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    2. Computed optical coherence microscopy of mouse brain ex vivo

      Computed optical coherence microscopy of mouse brain ex vivo

      The compromise between lateral resolution and usable imaging depth range is a bottleneck for optical coherence tomography (OCT). Existing solutions for optical coherence microscopy (OCM) suffer from either large data size and long acquisition time or a nonideal point spread function. We present volumetric OCM of mouse brain ex vivo with a large depth coverage by leveraging computational adaptive optics (CAO) to significantly reduce the number of OCM volumes that need to be acquired with a Gaussian beam focused at different depths. We demonstrate volumetric reconstruction of ex-vivo mouse brain with lateral resolution of 2.2  μm, axial resolution of ...

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    3. Coregistered optical coherence tomography and frequency-encoded multispectral imaging for spectrally sparse color imagingv

      Coregistered optical coherence tomography and frequency-encoded multispectral imaging for spectrally sparse color imagingv

      We present a system combining optical coherence tomography (OCT) and multispectral imaging (MSI) for coregistered structural imaging and surface color imaging. We first describe and numerically validate an optimization model to guide the selection of the MSI wavelengths and their relative intensities. We then demonstrate the integration of this model into an all-fiber bench-top system. We implement frequency-domain multiplexing for the MSI to enable concurrent acquisition of both OCT and MSI at OCT acquisition rates. Such a system could be implemented in endoscopic practices to provide multimodal, high-resolution imaging of deep organ structures that are currently inaccessible to standard video ...

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    4. Etching-enabled extreme miniaturization of graded-index fiber-based optical coherence tomography probes

      Etching-enabled extreme miniaturization of graded-index fiber-based optical coherence tomography probes

      We introduced and validated a method to miniaturize graded-index (GRIN) fiber-based optical coherence tomography (OCT) probes down to 70  μm in diameter. The probes consist in an assembly of single-mode (SM), coreless (CL), and graded-index (GRIN) fibers. We opted for a probe design enabling controlled size reduction by hydrogen fluoride etching. The fabrication approach prevents nonuniform etching for both the GRIN and SM fiber components, while it requires no probe polishing postetching. We found that the miniaturized probes present insignificant loss of sensitivity (∼1  dB) compared to their thicker (125  μm) counterparts. We also showed that their focusing capabilities remain ...

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    5. Cerebral edema detection in vivo after middle cerebral artery occlusion using swept-source optical coherence tomography

      Cerebral edema detection in vivo after middle cerebral artery occlusion using swept-source optical coherence tomography

      Cerebral edema is a severe complication of ischemic cerebrovascular disease, which can lead to microcirculation compression resulting in additional ischemic damage. Real-time and continuous in vivo imaging techniques for edema detection are of great significance to basic research on cerebral edema. We attempted to monitor the cerebral edema status in rats with middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) over time, using a wide field-of-view swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) system. Optical attenuation coefficients (OACs) were calculated by an optimized depth-resolved estimation method, and en face OAC maps covering the whole cortex were obtained. Then, the tissue affected by edema was segmented ...

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    6. Acousto-optically tuned external-cavity laser diode for optical coherence tomography with continuous wavelet transform

      Acousto-optically tuned external-cavity laser diode for optical coherence tomography with continuous wavelet transform

      We propose an acousto-optically tuned external-cavity laser diode (ECLD) based on the Littrow configuration to expand the wavelength-scanning range and eliminate mechanical motions. The scanning range and tuning rate of our prototype were 68.85 nm and more than 100 kHz, respectively, without any mode hop. Moreover, we implemented this improved ECLD in an optical coherence tomography imaging system and conducted a measurement of the two-dimensional thickness distribution of a thin glass plate via continuous wavelet transform analysis.

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    7. Submillimeter diameter rotary-pullback fiber-optic endoscope for narrowband red-green-blue reflectance, optical coherence tomography, and autofluorescence in vivo imaging

      Submillimeter diameter rotary-pullback fiber-optic endoscope for narrowband red-green-blue reflectance, optical coherence tomography, and autofluorescence in vivo imaging

      A fiber-based endoscopic imaging system combining narrowband red-green-blue (RGB) reflectance with optical coherence tomography (OCT) and autofluorescence imaging (AFI) has been developed. The system uses a submillimeter diameter rotary-pullback double-clad fiber imaging catheter for sample illumination and detection. The imaging capabilities of each modality are presented and demonstrated with images of a multicolored card, fingerprints, and tongue mucosa. Broadband imaging, which was done to compare with narrowband sources, revealed better contrast but worse color consistency compared with narrowband RGB reflectance. The measured resolution of the endoscopic system is 25  μm in both the rotary direction and the pullback direction. OCT ...

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    8. In vivo evaluation of corneal biomechanical properties by optical coherence elastography at different cross-linking irradiances

      In vivo evaluation of corneal biomechanical properties by optical coherence elastography at different cross-linking irradiances

      Corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) strengthens the biomechanical properties of damaged corneas. Quantifying the changes of stiffness due to different CXL protocols is difficult, especially in vivo . A noninvasive elastic wave-based optical coherence elastography system was developed to construct in vivo corneal elasticity maps by excitation of air puff. Biomechanical differences were compared for rabbit corneas given three different CXL protocols while keeping the total energy delivered constant. The Young’s modulus was weaker in corneas treated with higher irradiance levels over shorter durations, and a slight increase of Young’s modulus was present in all groups one week after the ...

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    9. Dual-angle optical coherence tomography for index of refraction estimation using rigid registration and cross-correlation

      Dual-angle optical coherence tomography for index of refraction estimation using rigid registration and cross-correlation

      The index of refraction ( n ) of materials and/or tissues depends on their physical properties and serves as a source of optical contrast in imaging. The variations of the index of refraction have also been investigated for diagnostic purposes in various fields, such as hematology, oncology, etc., since they can signify disease and cell dynamic changes. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has been used in the past to measure the index ex vivo . However, most methodologies described in the literature are not appropriate for in vivo imaging since they require either a mirror below the sample or a complicated imaging setup ...

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    10. Automated A-line coronary plaque classification of intravascular optical coherence tomography images using handcrafted features and large datasets

      Automated A-line coronary plaque classification of intravascular optical coherence tomography images using handcrafted features and large datasets

      We developed machine learning methods to identify fibrolipidic and fibrocalcific A-lines in intravascular optical coherence tomography (IVOCT) images using a comprehensive set of handcrafted features. We incorporated features developed in previous studies (e.g., optical attenuation and A-line peaks). In addition, we included vascular lumen morphology and three-dimensional (3-D) digital edge and texture features. Classification methods were developed using expansive datasets (∼7000  images), consisting of both clinical in-vivo images and an ex-vivo dataset, which was validated using 3-D cryo-imaging/histology. Conditional random field was used to perform 3-D classification noise cleaning of classification results. We tested various multiclass approaches, classifiers ...

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    11. Comparison of optical coherence tomography angiography and narrow-band imaging using a bimodal endoscope

      Comparison of optical coherence tomography angiography and narrow-band imaging using a bimodal endoscope

      We present coregistered images of tissue vasculature that allow a direct comparison between the performance of narrow-band imaging (NBI) and optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA). Images were generated with a bimodal endomicroscope having a size of 15  ×  2.4  ×  3.3  mm 3   (   l   ,   w   ,   h   )   that combines two imaging channels. The white light imaging channel was used to perform NBI, the current gold standard for endoscopic visualization of vessels. The second channel allowed the simultaneous acquisition of optical coherence tomography (OCT) and OCTA images, enabling a three-dimensional (3-D) visualization of morphological as well as functional tissue information. In order ...

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    12. Impact of velocity gradient in Poiseuille flow on the statistics of coherent radiation scattered by flowing Brownian particles in optical coherence tomography

      Impact of velocity gradient in Poiseuille flow on the statistics of coherent radiation scattered by flowing Brownian particles in optical coherence tomography

      A closed-form expression is obtained for the temporal correlation function of the scattered radiation detected in optical coherence tomography (OCT), taking into account the flow velocity gradient across the OCT detection volume in the suspension of flowing Brownian particles. The analytical approach we use includes both the laser beam and wavefront curvature radii changing over the depth. Also, we compare our results with a previously obtained theoretical model, partially an empirical approach. Our findings suggest the importance of the flow velocity gradient for accurate measurements of flow velocity vector, particle diffusivity, shear-induced diffusion, and potentially other OCT applications.

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    13. Spatial resolution in dynamic optical coherence elastography

      Spatial resolution in dynamic optical coherence elastography

      Dynamic optical coherence elastography (OCE) tracks elastic wave propagation speed within tissue, enabling quantitative three-dimensional imaging of the elastic modulus. We show that propagating mechanical waves are mode converted at interfaces, creating a finite region on the order of an acoustic wavelength where there is not a simple one-to-one correspondence between wave speed and elastic modulus. Depending on the details of a boundary’s geometry and elasticity contrast, highly complex propagating fields produced near the boundary can substantially affect both the spatial resolution and contrast of the elasticity image. We demonstrate boundary effects on Rayleigh waves incident on a vertical ...

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    14. Review of methods and applications of attenuation coefficient measurements with optical coherence tomography

      Review of methods and applications of attenuation coefficient measurements with optical coherence tomography

      The optical attenuation coefficient (AC), an important tissue parameter that measures how quickly incident light is attenuated when passing through a medium, has been shown to enable quantitative analysis of tissue properties from optical coherence tomography (OCT) signals. Successful extraction of this parameter would facilitate tissue differentiation and enhance the diagnostic value of OCT. In this review, we discuss the physical and mathematical basis of AC extraction from OCT data, including current approaches used in modeling light scattering in tissue and in AC estimation. We also report on demonstrated clinical applications of the AC, such as for atherosclerotic tissue characterization ...

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    15. Detecting and measuring areas of choriocapillaris low perfusion in intermediate, non-neovascular age-related macular degeneration

      Detecting and measuring areas of choriocapillaris low perfusion in intermediate, non-neovascular age-related macular degeneration

      Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a vision-threatening disease that affects the outer retina and choroid of elderly adults. Because photoreceptors are found in the outer retina and rely primarily on the trophic support of the underlying choriocapillaris, imaging of flow or lack thereof in choriocapillaris by optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) has great clinical potential in AMD assessment. We introduce a metric using OCTA, named “focal perfusion loss” (FPL) to describe the effects of age and non-neovascular AMD on choriocapillaris flow. Because OCTA imaging of choriocapillaris is vulnerable to artifacts—namely motion, projections, segmentation errors, and shadows—they are removed ...

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    16. Dynamic programming and automated segmentation of optical coherence tomography images of the neonatal subglottis: enabling efficient diagnostics to manage subglottic stenosis

      Dynamic programming and automated segmentation of optical coherence tomography images of the neonatal subglottis: enabling efficient diagnostics to manage subglottic stenosis

      Subglottic stenosis (SGS) is a challenging disease to diagnose in neonates. Long-range optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an optical imaging modality that has been described to image the subglottis in intubated neonates. A major challenge associated with OCT imaging is the lack of an automated method for image analysis and micrometry of large volumes of data that are acquired with each airway scan (1 to 2 Gb). We developed a tissue segmentation algorithm that identifies, measures, and conducts image analysis on tissue layers within the mucosa and submucosa and compared these automated tissue measurements with manual tracings. We noted small ...

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    17. Temporal speckle-averaging of optical coherence tomography volumes for in-vivo cellular resolution neuronal and vascular retinal imaging

      Temporal speckle-averaging of optical coherence tomography volumes for in-vivo cellular resolution neuronal and vascular retinal imaging

      It has been recently demonstrated that structures corresponding to the cell bodies of highly transparent cells in the retinal ganglion cell layer could be visualized noninvasively in the living human eye by optical coherence tomography (OCT) via temporal averaging. Inspired by this development, we explored the application of volumetric temporal averaging in mice, which are important models for studying human retinal diseases and therapeutic interventions. A general framework of temporal speckle-averaging (TSA) of OCT and optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) is presented and applied to mouse retinal volumetric data. Based on the image analysis, the eyes of mice under anesthesia ...

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    18. Speckle reduction in visible-light optical coherence tomography using scan modulation

      Speckle reduction in visible-light optical coherence tomography using scan modulation

      We present a technique to reduce speckle in visible-light optical coherence tomography (vis-OCT) that preserves fine structural details and is robust against sample motion. Specifically, we locally modulate B-scans orthogonally to their axis of acquisition. Such modulation enables acquisition of uncorrelated speckle patterns from similar anatomical locations, which can be averaged to reduce speckle. To verify the effectiveness of speckle reduction, we performed in-vivo retinal imaging using modulated raster and circular scans in both mice and humans. We compared speckle-reduced vis-OCT images with the images acquired with unmodulated B-scans from the same anatomical locations. We compared contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) and ...

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    19. Optical coherence tomography-guided dynamic focusing for combined optical and mechanical scanning multimodal photoacoustic microscopy

      Optical coherence tomography-guided dynamic focusing for combined optical and mechanical scanning multimodal photoacoustic microscopy

      To achieve fast imaging and large field of view (FOV), we improved our multimodal imaging system, which integrated optical resolution photoacoustic microscopy, optical coherence tomography (OCT), and confocal fluorescence microscopy in one platform, by combining optical scanning with mechanical scanning. To ensure good focusing of the objective lens over all the imaged area, we employed OCT-guided dynamic focusing. Different from our previous point-by-point dynamic focusing, we employed an area-by-area focusing adjustment strategy, in which each fast optical scanning area has a fixed focusing depth. We have demonstrated the performance of the system by imaging biological samples ex vivo (plant leaf ...

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    20. Quantitative assessment of human donor corneal endothelium with Gabor domain optical coherence microscopy

      Quantitative assessment of human donor corneal endothelium with Gabor domain optical coherence microscopy

      We report on a pathway for Gabor domain optical coherence microscopy (GD-OCM)-based metrology to assess the donor’s corneal endothelial layers ex vivo . Six corneas from the Lions Eye Bank at Albany and Rochester were imaged with GD-OCM. The raw 3-D images of the curved corneas were flattened using custom software to enhance the 2-D visualization of endothelial cells (ECs); then the ECs within a circle of 500-μm-diameter were analyzed using a custom corner method and a cell counting plugin in ImageJ. The EC number, EC area, endothelial cell density (ECD), and polymegethism (CV) were quantified in five ...

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    21. High-spatial-resolution deep tissue imaging with spectral-domain optical coherence microscopy in the 1700-nm spectral band

      High-spatial-resolution deep tissue imaging with spectral-domain optical coherence microscopy in the 1700-nm spectral band

      We present three-dimensional (3-D) high-resolution spectral-domain optical coherence microscopy (SD-OCM) by using a supercontinuum (SC) fiber laser source with 300-nm spectral bandwidth (full-width at half-maximum) in the 1700-nm spectral band. By using low-coherence interferometry with SC light and a confocal detection scheme, we realized lateral and axial resolutions of 3.4 and 3.8  μm in tissue ( n   =  1.38), respectively. This is, to the best of our knowledge, the highest 3-D spatial resolution reported among those of Fourier-domain optical coherence imaging techniques in the 1700-nm spectral band. In our SD-OCM, to enhance the imaging depth, a full-range method was ...

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    22. Contrast-enhanced serial optical coherence scanner with deep learning network reveals vasculature and white matter organization of mouse brain

      Contrast-enhanced serial optical coherence scanner with deep learning network reveals vasculature and white matter organization of mouse brain

      Optical coherence tomography provides volumetric reconstruction of brain structure with micrometer resolution. Gray matter and white matter can be highlighted using conventional and polarization-based contrasts; however, vasculature in ex-vivo fixed brain has not been investigated at large scale due to lack of intrinsic contrast. We present contrast enhancement to visualize the vasculature by perfusing titanium dioxide particles transcardially into the mouse vascular system. The brain, after dissection and fixation, is imaged by a serial optical coherence scanner. Accumulation of particles in blood vessels generates distinguishable optical signals. Among these, the cross-polarization images reveal the vasculature organization remarkably well. The conventional ...

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    23. Optical coefficients as tools for increasing the optical coherence tomography contrast for normal brain visualization and glioblastoma detection

      Optical coefficients as tools for increasing the optical coherence tomography contrast for normal brain visualization and glioblastoma detection

      The methods used for digital processing of optical coherence tomography (OCT) and crosspolarization (CP) OCT images are focused on improving the contrast ratio of native structural OCT images. Such advances are particularly important for the intraoperative detection of glioma margins where the visual assessment of OCT images can be difficult and lead to errors. The aim of the study was to investigate the application of optical coefficients obtained from CP OCT data for the differentiation of glial tumorous tissue from a normal brain. Pseudocolor en-face OCT maps based on two optical coefficients (the commonly used rate of attenuation in the ...

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    24. Monitoring retinal responses to acute intraocular pressure elevation in rats with visible light optical coherence tomography

      Monitoring retinal responses to acute intraocular pressure elevation in rats with visible light optical coherence tomography

      Elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) is an important risk factor for glaucoma. However, the role of IOP in glaucoma progression, as well as retinal physiology in general, remains incompletely understood. We demonstrate the use of visible light optical coherence tomography to measure retinal responses to acute IOP elevation in Brown Norway rats. We monitored retinal responses in reflectivity, angiography, blood flow, oxygen saturation (sO2 ), and oxygen metabolism over a range of IOP from 10 to 100 mmHg. As IOP was elevated, nerve fiber layer reflectivity was found to decrease. Vascular perfusion in the three retinal capillary plexuses remained steady until IOP ...

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