1. Michael G. Sowa

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    2. IMPROVED ARTERIAL TISSUE DIFFERENTIATION BY SPECTROSCOPIC OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY

      IMPROVED ARTERIAL TISSUE DIFFERENTIATION BY SPECTROSCOPIC OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY
      Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a relatively new imaging modality similar with ultrasound where the sound waves are replaced by ballistic photons. OCT provides images at high spatial resolution which allow for the identification of micron size morphological tissue structures. A high impact application is visualization of arterial wall and atherosclerotic plaques. Despite high spatial resolution to complete the transfer of this imaging modality into clinical environment there is a ...
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    3. National Research Council of Canada Receives NIH Grant for Validating OCT and Raman Spectrosopy for Assessment of Tooth De/Remineralization

      National Research Council of Canada Receives NIH Grant for Validating OCT and Raman Spectrosopy for Assessment of Tooth De/Remineralization
      National Research Council of Canada Receives NIH Grant for $208,382 for Validating OCT and Raman Spectrosopy for Assessment of Tooth De/Remineralization. The principal investigator is Michale Sowa. The program began in 2006 and ends in 2017. Below is a summary of the proposed work. Dental caries continues to be prevalent in children and youth, with significant oral health disparities existing in some population groups. This disease arises when ...
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    4. Characterization of Optical Coherence Tomography Images Acquired at Large Distances With Large-Diameter Beams

      Characterization of Optical Coherence Tomography Images Acquired at Large Distances With Large-Diameter Beams
      We tested the imaging capabilities for variants of a 1550-nm swept-source fiber-based optical coherence tomography system with a telecentric system incorporated at the end of its sample arm. The system was designed for in vivo imaging of burns; therefore, we acquired images from samples located at distances greater than 24 cm from the exit of the telecentric system. Each system variation had a specific combination of diameters for the reference ...
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    5. Detection of atherosclerotic vascular tissue from optical coherence tomography images

      Detection of atherosclerotic vascular tissue from optical coherence tomography images
      Atherosclerotic coronary artery disease continues to be one of the major causes of mortality. Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of atherosclerotic coronary artery disease are dependent on the detection of high risk atherosclerotic plaque. As age is one of the most important risk factors, atherosclerosis worsens steadily with increasing age. Automatic characterization of atherosclerotic plaque using the optical coherence tomography (OCT) images provides a powerful tool to classify patients with high ...
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    6. Real-time Control of Angioplasty Balloon Inflation Based on Feedback from Intravascular Optical Coherence Tomography: Experimental Validation on an Excised Heart and a Beating Heart Model

      Real-time Control of Angioplasty Balloon Inflation Based on Feedback from Intravascular Optical Coherence Tomography: Experimental Validation on an Excised Heart and a Beating Heart Model
      We report on real-time control of balloon inflation inside porcine arteries. In a first step, experiments were done in a coronary artery of an excised heart. In a second step, experiments were done in a beating heart setup providing conditions very close to in vivo conditions without the complications. A programmable syringe pump was used to inflate a compliant balloon in arteries, while intravascular optical coherence tomography (IVOCT) monitoring was ...
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    7. A comparison of methods using optical coherence tomography to detect demineralized regions in teeth

      A comparison of methods using optical coherence tomography to detect demineralized regions in teeth
      Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a three- dimensional optical imaging technique that can be used to identify areas of early caries formation in dental enamel. The OCT signal at 850 nm back-reflected from sound enamel is attenuated stronger than the signal back-reflected from demineralized regions. To quantify this observation, the OCT signal as a function of depth into the enamel (also known as the A-scan intensity), the histogram of the ...
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    8. Detection of inflating balloon in optical coherence tomography images of a porcine artery in a beating heart experiment

      Detection of inflating balloon in optical coherence tomography images of a porcine artery in a beating heart experiment
      Suboptimal results of angioplasty procedures have been correlated to arterial damage during balloon inflation. We propose to monitor balloon inflation during the angioplasty procedure by detecting the balloon contours with intravascular optical coherence tomography (IVOCT). This will shed more light on the interaction between the balloon and the artery and to assess the artery's mechanical response. An automatic edge detection algorithm is applied for detection of the outer surface ...
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    9. Performance analysis of a swept-source optical coherence tomography system with a quadrature interferometer and optical amplification

      Performance analysis of a swept-source optical coherence tomography system with a quadrature interferometer and optical amplification
      A performance analysis of signal to noise ratio for an optical coherence tomography system with quadrature detection and a semiconductor optical amplifier in the sample arm is discussed. The results are compared and discussed in relation to a conventional OCT system (without optical amplification). An increase of the signal to noise ratio up to 14 dB at a depth of 0.5 mm is obtained compared to the system without ...
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    10. Feature Of The Week 9/12/10: Intravascular Optical Coherence Tomography Studies on an Excised Beating Heart – a New Model and an Amazing Video

      Feature Of The Week 9/12/10: Intravascular Optical Coherence Tomography Studies on an Excised Beating Heart – a New Model and an Amazing Video
      Feature Of The Week 9/12/10: This week we have another very impressive presentation from Dr. Guy Lamouche and his colleagues from National Research Council Canada describing the advantages and limitations of using a beating heart model in the development of intravascular optical coherence tomography. The model fills the gap between bench experiments, performed on phantoms and excised arteries, and whole animal in-vivo preparations. The beating heart model is ...
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  2. About Michael G. Sowa

    Michael G. Sowa

    Michael (Mike) G. Sowa is the Spectroscopy Group Leader at the National Research Council Canada.