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    2. Ultrahigh speed endoscopic optical coherence tomography for gastroenterology

      Ultrahigh speed endoscopic optical coherence tomography for gastroenterology

      We describe an ultrahigh speed endoscopic swept source optical coherence tomography (OCT) system for clinical gastroenterology using a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) and micromotor imaging catheter. The system had a 600 kHz axial scan rate and 8 µm axial resolution in tissue. Imaging was performed with a 3.2 mm diameter imaging catheter at 400 frames per second with a 12 µm spot size. Three-dimensional OCT (3D-OCT) imaging was performed in patients with a cross section of pathologies undergoing upper and lower endoscopy. The use of distally actuated imaging catheters enabled OCT imaging with more flexibility, such as volumetric imaging ...

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    3. Depth-encoded all-fiber swept source polarization sensitive OCT

      Depth-encoded all-fiber swept source polarization sensitive OCT

      Polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) is a functional extension of conventional OCT and can assess depth-resolved tissue birefringence in addition to intensity. Most existing PS-OCT systems are relatively complex and their clinical translation remains difficult. We present a simple and robust all-fiber PS-OCT system based on swept source technology and polarization depth-encoding. Polarization multiplexing was achieved using a polarization maintaining fiber. Polarization sensitive signals were detected using fiber based polarization beam splitters and polarization controllers were used to remove the polarization ambiguity. A simplified post-processing algorithm was proposed for speckle noise reduction relaxing the demand for phase stability. We ...

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    4. Accurate and automated image segmentation of 3D optical coherence tomography data suffering from low signal-to-noise levels

      Accurate and automated image segmentation of 3D optical coherence tomography data suffering from low signal-to-noise levels

      Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has proven to be a useful tool for investigating internal structures in ceramic tapes, and the technique is expected to be important for roll-to-roll manufacturing. However, because of high scattering in ceramic materials, noise and speckles deteriorate the image quality, which makes automated quantitative measurements of internal interfaces difficult. To overcome this difficulty we present in this paper an innovative image analysis approach based on volumetric OCT data. The engine in the analysis is a 3D image processing and analysis algorithm. It is dedicated to boundary segmentation and dimensional measurement in volumetric OCT images, and offers ...

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    5. Optical coherence tomography: A new strategy to image planarian regeneration

      Optical coherence tomography: A new strategy to image planarian regeneration

      The planarian is widely used as a model for studying tissue regeneration. In this study, we used optical coherence tomography (OCT) for the real-time, high-resolution imaging of planarian tissue regeneration. Five planaria were sliced transversely to produce 5 head and 5 tail fragments. During a 2-week regeneration period, OCT images of the planaria were acquired to analyze the signal attenuation rates, intensity ratios, and image texture features (including contrast, correlation, homogeneity, energy, and entropy) to compare the primitive and regenerated tissues. In the head and tail fragments, the signal attenuation rates of the regenerated fragments decreased from −0.2 dB ...

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    6. Tunable Laser Array System

      Tunable Laser Array System

      A system for swept source optical coherence tomography, the system including a light source emitting multiplexed wavelength-swept radiation over a total wavelength range, the light source including N wavelength-swept vertical cavity lasers (VCL) emitting N tunable VCL outputs having N wavelength trajectories, a combiner for combining the N tunable VCL optical outputs into a common optical path to create the multiplexed wavelength-swept radiation, a splitter for splitting the multiplexed wavelength- swept radiation to a sample and a reference path, an optical detector for detecting an interference signal created by an optical interference between a reflection from the sample and light ...

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    7. Identification of vessel wall anomalies in thoracic aortic aneurysms through optical coherence tomography and gradient-based strategies

      Identification of vessel wall anomalies in thoracic aortic aneurysms through optical coherence tomography and gradient-based strategies

      Optical Coherence Tomography is a natural candidate for imaging biological structures just under tissue surface. Human thoracic aorta from aneurysms reveal elastin disorders and smooth muscle cell alterations when visualizing the media layer of the aortic wall, which is only some tens of microns in depth from surface. The resulting images require a suitable processing to enhance interesting disorder features and to use them as indicators for wall degradation, converting OCT into a hallmark for diagnosis of risk of aneurysm under intraoperative conditions. This work proposes gradient-based digital image processing approaches to conclude this risk. These techniques are believed to ...

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    8. Feature Of The Week 4/2/14: A Compact High-Performance Hand-Held Device for Extending Ophthalmic OCT to New Points of Care (Narrated Presentation)

      Feature Of The Week 4/2/14: A Compact High-Performance Hand-Held Device for Extending Ophthalmic OCT to New Points of Care (Narrated Presentation)

      We developed an ultrahigh speed, handheld swept source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) ophthalmic instrument using a 2D MEMS mirror. A vertical cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) operating at 1060 nm center wavelength yielded a 350 kHz axial scan rate and 10 µm axial resolution in tissue. The long coherence length of the VCSEL enabled a 3.08 mm imaging range with minimal sensitivity roll-off in tissue. Two different designs with identical optical components were tested to evaluate handheld OCT ergonomics. An iris camera aided in alignment of the OCT beam through the pupil and a manual fixation light selected the imaging ...

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    9. Quantitative Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography of Choroidal Neovascularization in Age-related Macular Degeneration

      Quantitative Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography of Choroidal Neovascularization in Age-related Macular Degeneration
      ...& Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts + Advanced Imaging Group, Thorlabs, Inc, Newton, New Jersey , * Jonathan J. Liu, MS Affiliations + Department of Electrical Engineering ...
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    Thorlabs.  Optical Components, Tunable Sources, and Systems.  Thorlabs is an optical company with headquarters in Newton, New Jersey, and offices in the US, UK, Germany, Japan, and Sweden. The president and founder is Alex Cable.  It designs & manufactures products in the areas of fibre optics, laser diodes, optical instrumentation & polarization.  Thorlabs bought Covega, and optical components supplyer, in 2009.

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    1. In pairing the FN1 microscope with Thorlabs' OCT technology, we are able to complement our traditional widefield and confocal imaging systems by providing a similar but more macro view.
      Stanley A. Schwartz in Nikon Instruments and Thorlabs Together Bring OCT Imaging to the FN1 'Physiostation' Microscope
    2. Covega comes to the Thorlabs family with a new suite of optical technologies that Thorlabs looks forward to offering to its diverse customer base. We are committed to ensuring continued access to the broad array of products that Covega currently manufacturers.
      Alex E. Cable in Thorlabs Acquires Covega