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    1. Advances in optical coherence tomography in dermatology—a review

      Advances in optical coherence tomography in dermatology—a review

      Optical coherence tomography (OCT) was introduced as an imaging system, but like ultrasonography, other measures, such as blood perfusion and polarization of light, have enabled the technology to approach clinical utility. This review aims at providing an overview of the advances in clinical research based on the improving technical aspects. OCT provides cross-sectional and en face images down to skin depths of 0.4 to 2.00 mm with optical resolution of 3 to 15  μm. Dynamic optical coherence tomography (D-OCT) enables the visualization of cutaneous microvasculature via detection of rapid changes in the interferometric signal of blood flow. Nonmelanoma ...

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    2. Complex regression Doppler optical coherence tomography

      Complex regression Doppler optical coherence tomography

      We introduce a new method to measure Doppler shifts more accurately and extend the dynamic range of Doppler optical coherence tomography (OCT). The two-point estimate of the conventional Doppler method is replaced with a regression that is applied to high-density B-scans in polar coordinates. We built a high-speed OCT system using a 1.68-MHz Fourier domain mode locked laser to acquire high-density B-scans (16,000 A-lines) at high enough frame rates (∼100  fps) to accurately capture the dynamics of the beating embryonic heart. Flow phantom experiments confirm that the complex regression lowers the minimum detectable velocity from 12.25  mm ...

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    3. Understanding and improving optical coherence tomography imaging depth in selective laser sintering nylon 12 parts and powder

      Understanding and improving optical coherence tomography imaging depth in selective laser sintering nylon 12 parts and powder

      Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has shown promise as a process sensor in selective laser sintering (SLS) due to its ability to yield depth-resolved data not attainable with conventional sensors. However, OCT images of nylon 12 powder and nylon 12 components fabricated via SLS contain artifacts that have not been previously investigated in the literature. A better understanding of light interactions with SLS powder and components is foundational for further research expanding the utility of OCT imaging in SLS and other additive manufacturing (AM) sensing applications. Specifically, in this work, nylon powder and sintered parts were imaged in air and in ...

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    4. Nanoparticle-enabled experimentally trained wavelet-domain denoising method for optical coherence tomography

      Nanoparticle-enabled experimentally trained wavelet-domain denoising method for optical coherence tomography

      We present the nanoparticle-enabled experimentally trained wavelet-domain denoising method for optical coherence tomography (OCT). It employs an experimental training algorithm based on imaging of a test-object, made of the colloidal suspension of the monodisperse nanoparticles and contains the microscale inclusions. The geometry and the scattering properties of the test-object are known a priori allowing us to set the criteria for the training algorithm. Using a wide set of the wavelet kernels and the wavelet-domain filtration approaches, the appropriate filter is constructed based on the test-object imaging. We apply the proposed approach and chose an efficient wavelet denoising procedure by considering ...

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    5. Speckle attenuation by adaptive singular value shrinking with generalized likelihood matching in optical coherence tomography

      Speckle attenuation by adaptive singular value shrinking with generalized likelihood matching in optical coherence tomography

      As a high-resolution imaging mode of biological tissues and materials, optical coherence tomography (OCT) is widely used in medical diagnosis and analysis. However, OCT images are often degraded by annoying speckle noise inherent in its imaging process. Employing the bilateral sparse representation an adaptive singular value shrinking method is proposed for its highly sparse approximation of image data. Adopting the generalized likelihood ratio as similarity criterion for block matching and an adaptive feature-oriented backward projection strategy, the proposed algorithm can restore better underlying layered structures and details of the OCT image with effective speckle attenuation. The experimental results demonstrate that ...

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    6. Visible light optical coherence microscopy imaging of the mouse cortex with femtoliter volume resolution

      Visible light optical coherence microscopy imaging of the mouse cortex with femtoliter volume resolution

      Most flying-spot Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and Optical Coherence Microscopy (OCM) systems use a symmetric confocal geometry, where the detection path retraces the illumination path starting from and ending with the spatial mode of a single mode optical fiber. Here, we describe a visible light OCM instrument that breaks this symmetry to improve transverse resolution without sacrificing collection efficiency in scattering tissue. This was achieved by overfilling a 0.3 numerical aperture (NA) water immersion objective on the illumination path, while maintaining a conventional Gaussian mode detection path (1/e 2 intensity diameter ~0.82 Airy disks), enabling ~1.1 ...

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    7. Large field of view adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopy and optical coherence tomography

      Large field of view adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopy and optical coherence tomography

      Adaptive Optics (AO) retinal imaging is revealing microscopic structures of the eye in a non-invasive way. Due to anisoplanatism, conventional AO systems are efficient on small 1°x1° field of view (FoV). We present a lens-based AO scanning laser ophthalmoscope (SLO) set-up with 2 deformable mirrors (DM), providing high-resolution retinal imaging on a 4°x4° FoV, for an eye pupil diameter of 7 mm. The first DM is in a pupil plane and is driven using a Shack-Hartmann (SH). The second DM is conjugated to a plane located 0.7 mm in front of the retina, to correct for aberrations ...

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    8. Simultaneous tissue birefringence and deformation measurement by polarization sensitive optical coherence elastography with active compression

      Simultaneous tissue birefringence and deformation measurement by polarization sensitive optical coherence elastography with active compression

      Polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) measures tissue birefringence, while optical coherence elastography (OCE) reveals the mechanical property of the tissue. Since both birefringence and mechanical properties are associated with tissue microstructures such as collagen, simultaneous PS-OCT and OCE measurement will provide useful insight for the tissue microstructures. In this paper, we present a combined PS-OCT and OCE technique. The PS-OCT is based on Jones matrix OCT theory. It measures a tomography of Jones matrix. Birefringence tomography is then deduced from the Jones matrix. The OCE is obtained with active tissue compression. The tissue compression was performed by a ring ...

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    9. Q-switched based supercontinuum source towards low-cost ultra-high resolution optical coherence tomography

      Q-switched based supercontinuum source towards low-cost ultra-high resolution optical coherence tomography

      Supercontinuum (SC) light source is certainly one of the best option for ultra-high resolution optical coherence tomography (UHR-OCT). Over the last few years several demonstrations have been done for each commonly used wavelength range [1-2-3]. Nowadays, SC dedicated to UHR-OCT is a mature technology with turn-key commercially available system [4]. The new challenge to answer for SC source is the cost reduction one. In this study, we demonstrate that a Q-switched based SC (QS-SC) could be an alternative to the current state of the art SC based on a Mode-Locked laser (ML-SC). This QS-SC, whose cost is less than 15 ...

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    10. Microscope-mounted intraoperative optical coherence tomography with actively tunable focus and optical path length

      Microscope-mounted intraoperative optical coherence tomography with actively tunable focus and optical path length

      We present a method for an intraoperative microscope-mounted Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT) system to maintain high image contrast while dynamic adjusting focal planes. Because two imaging system with different imaging depth are integrated into one system, active control of OCT imaging conditions is indispensible for functioning high quality imaging modality. For the purpose of active adjustment of the focal plane, an electrically focus tunable lens (FTL) was used in the sample arm of the OCT system. Because the OCT image contrast at a depth is given by roll-off characteristics of the FD-OCT that is a function of difference in ...

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    11. Noninvasive measurement of glucose concentration on human fingertip by optical coherence tomography

      Noninvasive measurement of glucose concentration on human fingertip by optical coherence tomography

      A method is proposed for determining the glucose concentration on the human fingertip by extracting two optical parameters, namely the optical rotation angle and the depolarization index, using a Mueller optical coherence tomography technique and a genetic algorithm. The feasibility of the proposed method is demonstrated by measuring the optical rotation angle and depolarization index of aqueous glucose solutions with low and high scattering, respectively. It is shown that for both solutions, the optical rotation angle and depolarization index vary approximately linearly with the glucose concentration. As a result, the ability of the proposed method to obtain the glucose concentration ...

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    12. Feasibility of using optical coherence tomography to detect acute radiation-induced esophageal damage in small animal models

      Feasibility of using optical coherence tomography to detect acute radiation-induced esophageal damage in small animal models

      Lung cancer survival is poor, and radiation therapy patients often suffer serious treatment side effects. The esophagus is particularly sensitive leading to acute radiation-induced esophageal damage (ARIED). We investigated the feasibility of optical coherence tomography (OCT) for minimally invasive imaging of the esophagus with high resolution (10  μm) to detect ARIED in mice. Thirty mice underwent cone-beam computed tomography imaging for initial setup assessment and dose planning followed by a single-dose delivery of 4.0, 10.0, 16.0, and 20.0 Gy on 5.0-mm spots, spaced 10.0 mm apart in the esophagus. They were repeatedly imaged using ...

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    13. Optical coherence tomography retinal image reconstruction via nonlocal weighted sparse representation

      Optical coherence tomography retinal image reconstruction via nonlocal weighted sparse representation

      We present a nonlocal weighted sparse representation (NWSR) method for reconstruction of retinal optical coherence tomography (OCT) images. To reconstruct a high signal-to-noise ratio and high-resolution OCT images, utilization of efficient denoising and interpolation algorithms are necessary, especially when the original data were subsampled during acquisition. However, the OCT images suffer from the presence of a high level of noise, which makes the estimation of sparse representations a difficult task. Thus, the proposed NWSR method merges sparse representations of multiple similar noisy and denoised patches to better estimate a sparse representation for each patch. First, the sparse representation of each ...

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    14. In vivo high-resolution cortical imaging with extended-focus optical coherence microscopy in the visible-NIR wavelength range

      In vivo high-resolution cortical imaging with extended-focus optical coherence microscopy in the visible-NIR wavelength range

      Visible light optical coherence tomography has shown great interest in recent years for spectroscopic and high-resolution retinal and cerebral imaging. Here, we present an extended-focus optical coherence microscopy system operating from the visible to the near-infrared wavelength range for high axial and lateral resolution imaging of cortical structures in vivo . The system exploits an ultrabroad illumination spectrum centered in the visible wavelength range (λ c   =  650  nm, Δλ  ∼  250  nm) offering a submicron axial resolution (∼0.85  μm in water) and an extended-focus configuration providing a high lateral resolution of ∼1.4  μm maintained over ∼150  μm in depth in water. The ...

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    15. Automatic diagnosis of abnormal macula in retinal optical coherence tomography images using wavelet-based convolutional neural network features and random forests classifier

      Automatic diagnosis of abnormal macula in retinal optical coherence tomography images using wavelet-based convolutional neural network features and random forests classifier

      The present research intends to propose a fully automatic algorithm for the classification of three-dimensional (3-D) optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans of patients suffering from abnormal macula from normal candidates. The method proposed does not require any denoising, segmentation, retinal alignment processes to assess the intraretinal layers, as well as abnormalities or lesion structures. To classify abnormal cases from the control group, a two-stage scheme was utilized, which consists of automatic subsystems for adaptive feature learning and diagnostic scoring. In the first stage, a wavelet-based convolutional neural network (CNN) model was introduced and exploited to generate B-scan representative CNN codes ...

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    16. Classification of optical coherence tomography images for diagnosing different ocular diseases

      Classification of optical coherence tomography images for diagnosing different ocular diseases

      Optical Coherence tomography (OCT) images provide several indicators, e.g., the shape and the thickness of different retinal layers, which can be used for various clinical and non-clinical purposes. We propose an automated classification method to identify different ocular diseases, based on the local binary pattern features. The database consists of normal and diseased human eye SD-OCT images. We use a multiphase approach for building our classifier, including preprocessing, Meta learning, and active learning. Pre-processing is applied to the data to handle missing features from images and replace them with the mean or median of the corresponding feature. All the ...

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    17. Polymeric endovascular strut and lumen detection algorithm for intracoronary optical coherence tomography images

      Polymeric endovascular strut and lumen detection algorithm for intracoronary optical coherence tomography images

      Polymeric endovascular implants are the next step in minimally invasive vascular interventions. As an alternative to traditional metallic drug-eluting stents, these often-erodible scaffolds present opportunities and challenges for patients and clinicians. Theoretically, as they resorb and are absorbed over time, they obviate the long-term complications of permanent implants, but in the short-term visualization and therefore positioning is problematic. Polymeric scaffolds can only be fully imaged using optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging—they are relatively invisible via angiography—and segmentation of polymeric struts in OCT images is performed manually, a laborious and intractable procedure for large datasets. Traditional lumen detection methods ...

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    18. Investigation of the effect of directional (off-axis) illumination on the reflectivity of retina layers in mice using swept-source optical coherence tomography

      Investigation of the effect of directional (off-axis) illumination on the reflectivity of retina layers in mice using swept-source optical coherence tomography

      Changes in visibility of the Henle fiber layer and photoreceptor bands of the human retina with illumination directionality have been reported in OCT clinical imaging. These are a direct consequence of the changes in back scattering due to fibrous tissue orientation and to waveguiding properties of the photoreceptors respectively. Here we report the preliminary results of a study on the effects of retinal images acquired with OCT of illumination directionality in the mouse retina. The quantitative assessment of the reflectivity of retinal layers of a BALB/c and WT pigmented mice was performed in-vivo using a swept-source optical coherence tomography ...

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    19. Adaptive optics with combined optical coherence tomography and scanning laser ophthalmoscopy for in vivo mouse retina imaging

      Adaptive optics with combined optical coherence tomography and scanning laser ophthalmoscopy for in vivo mouse retina imaging

      Optical coherence tomography (OCT) and scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (SLO) are two state-of-the-art imaging technologies commonly used to study retina. Adaptive Optics (AO) methodologies enable high-fidelity correction of ocular aberrations, resulting in improved resolution and sensitivity for both SLO and OCT systems. Here we present work integrating OCT into a previously described mouse retinal AO-SLO system, allowing simultaneous reflectance and fluorescence imaging. The new system allows simultaneous data acquisition of AO-SLO and AO-OCT, facilitating registration and comparison of data from both modalities. The system has data acquisition speed of 200 kHz A-scans/pixel, and high volumetric resolution.

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    20. White matter atrophy in spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 mouse models revealed by serial optical coherence scanner

      White matter atrophy in spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 mouse models revealed by serial optical coherence scanner

      Spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1) is a fatal inherited neurodegenerative disease. Post-mortem studies showed neurodegeneration involving white matter components in the cerebral lobes, the cerebellar peduncles and the more distal cranial nerves in human patients. However, the progression of SCA1 in the brain remains unclear. We present the study of white matter atrophy of SCA1 mouse models using serial optical coherence scanner (SOCS). SOCS consists of a polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography and a tissue slicer (vibratome) with associated controls for serial imaging. The optical system has 5.5 µm axial resolution and utilizes a scan lens or a water-immersion ...

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    21. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging of dynamic airway behavior in an asthma model

      Optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging of dynamic airway behavior in an asthma model

      To better understand bronchoconstriction in asthma, it is critical to dynamically visualize airway behavior in vivo. However, currently available imaging techniques do not have sufficient temporal and spatial resolution to investigate airway dynamics. We propose to use endobronchial Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) to provide real-time cross-sectional images of airway dynamics with a high spatial resolution. Our aim was to study the structure and function of spatially distinct airways during tidal breathing (TB), breath-holds (BH) at end inspiration, and in a response to single deep inspiration (DI) and multiple DI (MDI) in a preclinical sheep asthma model. Anesthetized and mechanically ventilated ...

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    22. Visualizing cellular markers of sensorineural hearing loss in the murine cochlea using micro-optical coherence tomography

      Visualizing cellular markers of sensorineural hearing loss in the murine cochlea using micro-optical coherence tomography

      Although sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) affects 600 million people globally and its prevalence is increasing, therapies remain limited. Advances in therapy development for SNHL are slow because we do not possess a method for visualizing the cochlea’s interior in living humans and relating visualized pathology to a patient’s hearing ability. To this end, we are investigating the ability of micro-optical coherence tomography (µOCT), a low-coherence interferometric imaging technique that requires no contrast agent and improves upon standard OCT in resolution and depth of focus, to visualize the micron-sized cellular structures in the cochlea. We recently demonstrated µOCT’s ...

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    23. Contrast enhancement of pump-probe optical coherence tomography (PP-OCT) based molecular imaging using methylene blue loaded PLGA particles

      Contrast enhancement of pump-probe optical coherence tomography (PP-OCT) based molecular imaging using methylene blue loaded PLGA particles

      Atherosclerosis, a condition in which plaque accumulates on the inner wall of arteries, is often recognized as a precursor to cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), the most common causes of death in the US. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is an intravascular optical diagnosis tool, which can be used to obtain high resolution morphological images of atherosclerotic plaque. However, atherosclerotic plaque components, such as macrophages, can be misclassified due to their signal similarities to fibrin accumulations, cholesterol crystals and microcalcifications. To overcome these challenges, we develop a biocompatible contrast agent to enhance molecular imaging of a Pump-Probe OCT (PPOCT) system. Methylene blue (MB ...

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    24. Optical coherence tomography angiography based biomarkers to assess the safety of peripheral nerve electrostimulation

      Optical coherence tomography angiography based biomarkers to assess the safety of peripheral nerve electrostimulation

      Peripheral nerves connect and relay information between the central nervous system and its target organs. Small arteries traverse the epineurium and are responsible for supplying blood to the axons and cells within the nerves. Constriction or damage to these vessels can reduce perfusion leading to ischemic insults. Peripheral nerve electrostimulation has been approved for the treatment of epilepsy, depression and migraines, and is also being studied for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, and type II diabetes. While the safety and efficacy of currently approved medical devices is well established, next generation devices may require ...

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