1. Benjamin J. Vakoc

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    2. 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 ...
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    3. High-speed optical coherence tomography by circular interferometric ranging

      High-speed optical coherence tomography by circular interferometric ranging
      Existing three-dimensional optical imaging methods excel in controlled environments, but are difficult to deploy over large, irregular and dynamic fields. This means that they can be ill-suited for use in areas such as material inspection and medicine. To better address these applications, we developed methods in optical coherence tomography to efficiently interrogate sparse scattering fields, that is, those in which most locations (voxels) do not generate meaningful signal. Frequency comb ...
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    4. Complex differential variance angiography with noise-bias correction for optical coherence tomography of the retina

      Complex differential variance angiography with noise-bias correction for optical coherence tomography of the retina
      Complex differential variance (CDV) provides phase-sensitive angiographic imaging for optical coherence tomography (OCT) with immunity to phase-instabilities of the imaging system and small-scale axial bulk motion. However, like all angiographic methods, measurement noise can result in erroneous indications of blood flow that confuse the interpretation of angiographic images. In this paper, a modified CDV algorithm that corrects for this noise-bias is presented. This is achieved by normalizing the CDV signal ...
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    5. Polarization Sensitive Optical Coherence Tomography (PS-OCT) for Retinal Imaging

      Polarization Sensitive Optical Coherence Tomography (PS-OCT) for Retinal Imaging
      The aim of this pilot study is to assess the ability of a new polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography system to obtain high-quality images of retinal birefringence. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world. The current clinical standard-of-care procedure to diagnose glaucoma is visual field testing with disc photography. Visual field testing is subjective both in the patient's feedback and the physician's interpretation of ...
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    6. Diagnostic Capability of Peripapillary 3D Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer Volume for Glaucoma Using Optical Coherence Tomography Volume Scans

      Diagnostic Capability of Peripapillary 3D Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer Volume for Glaucoma Using Optical Coherence Tomography Volume Scans
      Purpose To determine the diagnostic capability of peripapillary 3-dimensional (3D) retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) volume measurements from spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) volume scans for open angle glaucoma (OAG). Design Assessment of diagnostic accuracy. Methods Setting: Academic clinical setting. Study population : 180 patients (113 OAG and 67 normal subjects). Observation procedures : One eye per subject was included. Peripapillary 3D RNFL volumes were calculated for global, quadrant, and sector ...
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    7. Simultaneous measurements of lymphatic vessel contraction, flow and valve dynamics in multiple lymphangions using optical coherence tomography

      Simultaneous measurements of lymphatic vessel contraction, flow and valve dynamics in multiple lymphangions using optical coherence tomography
      Lymphatic dysfunction is involved in many diseases including lymphedema, hypertension, autoimmune responses, graft rejection, atherosclerosis, microbial infections, cancer and cancer metastasis. Expanding our knowledge of lymphatic system function can lead to a better understanding of these disease processes and improve treatment options. Here, optical coherence tomography (OCT) methods were used to reveal intraluminal valve dynamics in 3D, and measure lymph flow and vessel contraction simultaneously in three neighboring lymphangions of ...
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    8. Murine chronic lymph node window for longitudinal intravital lymph node imaging

      Murine chronic lymph node window for longitudinal intravital lymph node imaging
      Chronic imaging windows in mice have been developed to allow intravital microscopy of many different organs and have proven to be of paramount importance in advancing our knowledge of normal and disease processes. A model system that allows long-term intravital imaging of lymph nodes would facilitate the study of cell behavior in lymph nodes during the generation of immune responses in a variety of disease settings and during the formation ...
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    9. 16  MHz wavelength-swept and wavelength-stepped laser architectures based on stretched-pulse active mode locking with a single continuously chirped fiber Bragg grating

      16  MHz wavelength-swept and wavelength-stepped laser architectures based on stretched-pulse active mode locking with a single continuously chirped fiber Bragg grating
      We demonstrate a novel high-speed and broadband laser architecture based on stretched pulse active mode locking that provides a wavelength-swept and wavelength-stepped output. The laser utilizes a single intracavity 8.3 meter chirped fiber Bragg grating to generate positive and negative dispersion, and can be operated with or without an intracavity fixed FabryPerot etalon to generate wavelength-swept and wavelength-stepped (frequency comb) outputs, respectively. Using a four-path delay line at the ...
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    10. System, apparatus and method for utilizing optical dispersion for fourier-domain optical coherence tomography

      System, apparatus and method for utilizing optical dispersion for fourier-domain optical coherence tomography
      An apparatus can be provided which can include a laser arrangement which can be configured to provide a laser radiation, and can include an optical cavity. The optical cavity can include a dispersive optical first arrangement which can be configured to receive and disperse at least one first electro-magnetic radiation so as to provide at least one second electro-magnetic radiation. Such cavity can also include an active optical modulator second ...
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    11. Methods and systems for performing angle-resolved Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography

      Methods and systems for performing angle-resolved Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography
      Arrangements, apparatus and methods are provided according to exemplary embodiments of the present invention. In particular, at least one first electro-magnetic radiation may be received and at least one second electro-magnetic radiation within a solid angle may be forwarded to a sample. The second electro-magnetic radiation may be associated with the first electro-magnetic radiation. A plurality of third electro-magnetic radiations can be received from the sample which is associated with ...
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    12. Laser thermal therapy monitoring using complex differential variance in optical coherence tomography

      Laser thermal therapy monitoring using complex differential variance in optical coherence tomography
      Conventional thermal therapy monitoring techniques based on temperature are often invasive, limited by point sampling, and are indirect measures of tissue injury, while techniques such as magnetic resonance and ultrasound thermometry are limited by their spatial resolution. The visualization of the thermal coagulation zone at high spatial resolution is particularly critical to the precise delivery of thermal energy to epithelial lesions. In this work, an integrated thulium laser thermal therapy ...
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    13. Apparatus, methods and storage medium for performing polarization-based quadrature demodulation in optical coherence tomography

      Apparatus, methods and storage medium for performing polarization-based quadrature demodulation in optical coherence tomography
      Apparatus, method and storage medium which can provide at least one first electro-magnetic radiation to a sample and at least one second electromagnetic radiation to a reference, such that the first and/or second electromagnetic radiations have a spectrum which changes over time. In addition, a first polarization component of at least one third radiation associated with the first radiation can be combined with a second polarization component of at ...
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    14. In vivo label-free measurement of lymph flow velocity and volumetric flow rates using Doppler optical coherence tomography

      In vivo label-free measurement of lymph flow velocity and volumetric flow rates using Doppler optical coherence tomography
      Direct in vivo imaging of lymph flow is key to understanding lymphatic system function in normal and disease states. Optical microscopy techniques provide the resolution required for these measurements, but existing optical techniques for measuring lymph flow require complex protocols and provide limited temporal resolution. Here, we describe a Doppler optical coherence tomography platform that allows direct, label-free quantification of lymph velocity and volumetric flow rates. We overcome the challenge ...
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    15. Systems and methods for providing beam scan patterns for high speed doppler optical frequency domain imaging

      Systems and methods for providing beam scan patterns for high speed doppler optical frequency domain imaging
      An exemplary apparatus and/or an exemplary method can be provided using which, it is possible (e.g., with at least one first arrangement) to measure an amplitude and/or a phase of at least one electromagnetic radiation provided from a particular portion of a sample. Further, it is possible (e.g., using at least one second arrangement) to scan a location of the particular portion along a path from ...
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    16. Apparatus and methods for producing and/or providing recirculating optical delay(s)

      Apparatus and methods for producing and/or providing recirculating optical delay(s)
      Exemplary apparatus and method can be availed for providing at least one electromagnetic radiation. For example, it is possible to provide at least one first electromagnetic radiation having a frequency that changes over time with a first characteristic period. Further, with at least one hardware arrangement, it is possible to receive and modify the first electromagnetic radiation(s) into at least one second electromagnetic radiation having a frequency that changes ...
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  2. About Benjamin J. Vakoc

    Benjamin J. Vakoc

    Benjamin J. Vakoc is an Instructor at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at the Massachusetts General Hosptial .