1. Michael Pircher

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    2. IMAGING OF VITELLIFORM MACULAR LESIONS USING POLARIZATION-SENSITIVE OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY

      IMAGING OF VITELLIFORM MACULAR LESIONS USING POLARIZATION-SENSITIVE OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY
      Purpose: To examine the involvement of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) in the presence of vitelliform macular lesions (VML) in Best vitelliform macular dystrophy (BVMD), autosomal recessive bestrophinopathy, and adult-onset vitelliform macular degeneration using polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT). Methods: A total of 35 eyes of 18 patients were imaged using a PS-OCT system and blue light fundus autofluorescence imaging. Pathogenic mutations in the BEST1 gene, 3 of which were ...
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    3. Multi-directional optical coherence tomography for retinal imaging

      Multi-directional optical coherence tomography for retinal imaging
      We introduce multi-directional optical coherence tomography (OCT), a technique for investigation of the scattering properties of directionally reflective tissue samples. By combining the concepts of multi-channel and directional OCT, this approach enables simultaneous acquisition of multiple reflectivity depth-scans probing a mutual sample location from differing angular orientations. The application of multi-directional OCT in retinal imaging allows for in-depth investigations on the directional reflectivity of the retinal nerve fiber layer, Henles ...
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    4. Polarisation-sensitive optical coherence tomography for material

      Polarisation-sensitive optical coherence tomography for material
      Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is an emerging technology for high-resolution non-contact imaging of semi-transparent structures. Originally developed for medical diagnostics, we extend the OCT-technique to problems posed in material testing and characterisation. Layer thickness and refractive indices as well as internal structures of polymer parts have been determined within this study. An extension of OCT, namely polarisation-sensitive OCT (PS-OCT) has been used to identify regions of increased anisotropy within injection-moulded ...
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    5. Special Feature Development and Application of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

      Special Feature Development and Application of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
      To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the introduction of OCT, the special feature issue entitled Development and Application of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) had been initiated. OCT originated from low coherence interferometry [1] and was adapted for tomographic imaging in 1991 [2]. In OCT, broad bandwidth light is used in order to produce cross-sectional images of turbid and translucent samples with high axial resolution (in the order of a few ...
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    6. Noniterative digital aberration correction for cellular resolution retinal optical coherence tomography in vivo

      Noniterative digital aberration correction for cellular resolution retinal optical coherence tomography in vivo
      High-resolution imaging of the human retina has always been a challenge due to imperfect optical properties of the human cornea and lens, which limit the achievable resolution. We present a noniterative digital aberration correction (DAC) to achieve aberration-free cellular-level resolution in optical coherence tomography (OCT) images of the human retina in vivo . The system used is a line-field spectral-domain OCT system with a high tomogram rate, reaching 2.5 kHz ...
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    7. Conical scan pattern for enhanced visualization of the human cornea using polarization-sensitive OCT

      Conical scan pattern for enhanced visualization of the human cornea using polarization-sensitive OCT
      Conventional imaging of the human cornea with optical coherence tomography (OCT) relies on telecentric scanning optics with sampling beams that are parallel to the optical axis of the eye. Because of the shape of the cornea, the beams have in some areas considerable inclination to the corneal surface which is accompanied by low signal intensities in these areas and thus an inhomogeneous appearance of corneal structures. In addition, alterations in ...
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    8. Active-passive path-length encoded (APPLE) Doppler OCT

      Active-passive path-length encoded (APPLE) Doppler OCT
      We present a novel active-passive path-length encoded (APPLE) swept source Doppler optical coherence tomography (DOCT) approach, enabling three-dimensional velocity vector reconstruction of moving particles without prior knowledge of the orientation of motion. The developed APPLE DOCT setup allows for non-invasive blood flow measurements in vivo and was primarily designed for quantitative human ocular blood flow investigations. The systems performance was demonstrated by in vitro flow phantom as well as in ...
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    9. Posterior rat eye during acute intraocular pressure elevation studied using polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography

      Posterior rat eye during acute intraocular pressure elevation studied using polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography
      Polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) operating at 840 nm with axial resolution of 3.8 m in tissue was used for investigating the posterior rat eye during an acute intraocular pressure (IOP) increase experiment. IOP was elevated in the eyes of anesthetized Sprague Dawley rats by cannulation of the anterior chamber. Three dimensional PS-OCT data sets were acquired at IOP levels between 14 mmHg and 105 mmHg. Maps of ...
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    10. Visualization of micro-capillaries using optical coherence tomography angiography with and without adaptive optics

      Visualization of micro-capillaries using optical coherence tomography angiography with and without adaptive optics
      The purpose of this work is to investigate the benefits of adaptive optics (AO) technology for optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA). OCTA has shown great potential in non-invasively enhancing the contrast of vessels and small capillaries. Especially the capability of the technique to visualize capillaries with a lateral extension that is below the transverse resolution of the system opens unique opportunities in diagnosing retinal vascular diseases. However, there are some ...
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    11. Multi-Functional OCT Enables Longitudinal Study of Retinal Changes in a VLDLR Knockout Mouse Model

      Multi-Functional OCT Enables Longitudinal Study of Retinal Changes in a VLDLR Knockout Mouse Model
      We present a multi-functional optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging approach to study retinal changes in the very-low-density-lipoprotein-receptor (VLDLR) knockout mouse model with a threefold contrast. In the retinas of VLDLR knockout mice spontaneous retinal-chorodoidal neovascularizations form, having an appearance similar to choroidal and retinal neovascularizations (CNV and RNV) in neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or retinal angiomatous proliferation (RAP). For this longitudinal study, the mice were imaged every 4 to ...
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    12. Automated Identification and Quantification of Subretinal Fibrosis in Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration Using Polarization-Sensitive OCT

      Automated Identification and Quantification of Subretinal Fibrosis in Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration Using Polarization-Sensitive OCT
      Purpose : To identify and quantify subretinal fibrosis in eyes with advanced neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) using polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT). Methods : Eyes of patients with subretinal fibrosis secondary to nAMD were included in this case series. All patients underwent a complete ophthalmic examination to clearly identify advanced nAMD lesions with fibrosis. Examinations of PS-OCT were performed using a novel system with an integrated eye tracker. Areas of fibrosis ...
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    13. Multi-modal adaptive optics system including fundus photography and optical coherence tomography for the clinical setting

      Multi-modal adaptive optics system including fundus photography and optical coherence tomography for the clinical setting
      We present a new compact multi-modal imaging prototype that combines an adaptive optics (AO) fundus camera with AO-optical coherence tomography (OCT) in a single instrument. The prototype allows acquiring AO fundus images with a field of view of 4x4 and with a frame rate of 10fps. The exposure time of a single image is 10 ms. The short exposure time results in nearly motion artifact-free high resolution images of the ...
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    14. Retinal Pigment Epithelial Features in Central Serous Chorioretinopathy Identified by Polarization-Sensitive Optical Coherence Tomography

      Retinal Pigment Epithelial Features in Central Serous Chorioretinopathy Identified by Polarization-Sensitive Optical Coherence Tomography
      Purpose : To determine the subclinical RPE lesions detected by tissue selective polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) in eyes with central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC) and to compare PS-OCT findings to current imaging standards. Methods : In this prospective observational case series, individuals with unilateral or bilateral active CSC were imaged using PS-OCT at baseline and after resolution of serous retinal detachment. Features seen on PS-OCT were compared with corresponding lesions as seen ...
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    15. Polarization properties of single layers in the posterior eyes of mice and rats investigated using high resolution polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography

      Polarization properties of single layers in the posterior eyes of mice and rats investigated using high resolution polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography
      We present a high resolution polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) system for ocular imaging in rodents. The system operates at 840 nm and uses a broadband superluminescent diode providing an axial resolution of 5.1 m in air. PS-OCT data was acquired at 83 kHz A-scan rate by two identical custom-made spectrometers for orthogonal polarization states. Pigmented (Brown Norway, Long Evans) and non-pigmented (Sprague Dawley) rats as well as ...
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  2. About Michael Pircher

    Michael Pircher

    Michael Pircher graduated from the Experimental Physics Department of the University of Technology of Graz, Austria in 2000. In 2003 he finished his PhD at the University of Technology of Vienna. From 2003 to 2006 he worked as a Postdoc at the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Physics of the Medical University of Vienna. From 2006 to 2012 he was working as an Assistant Professor at the Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering of the Medical University of Vienna where he gained his Habilitation in 2008. Currently he is Associate Professor and faculty member of the same department. His scientific interest lies in retinal imaging, adaptive optics, new contrast techniques in optical coherence tomography, coherence microscopy