Optical Coherence Tomography for Brain Imaging

  • Bernhard BaumannEmail author
Part of the Progress in Optical Science and Photonics book series (POSP, volume 5)


Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an imaging technique based on the detection of light back-reflected or backscattered by tissue. Based on the principles of low-coherence interferometry, OCT provides rapid volumetric imaging with micrometer-scale resolution. OCT has been massively successful in ophthalmology where it became a routine tool for retinal diagnostics. In recent years, however, OCT has also been applied to other fields including—amongst others—cardiovascular imaging, endoscopy of the gastrointestinal tract, and neuroimaging. In the brain and other neural tissues, OCT provides contrast for tissue microstructures and enables noninvasive in vivo and in vitro imaging with high resolution. Novel functional OCT approaches also reveal the cerebral microvasculature, measure blood oxygenation, and map the orientation of nerve fiber tracts. OCT has also shown potential for imaging neuropathology.


Nerve Fiber Tracts Micrometer-scale Resolution Measure Blood Oxygenation Axial Point Spread Function Spectral Interference Pattern 
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The author would like to express his gratitude to his colleagues at Medical University of Vienna, in particular to Christoph K. Hitzenberger, Michael Pircher, Erich Götzinger, Stanislava Fialová, Marco Augustin, Danielle J. Harper, Antonia Lichtenegger, Pablo Eugui, Andreas Wartak, Martina Muck, Gerda Ricken, Irene Leisser, Gabor G. Kovacs, Christian Mitter, Adelheid Wöhrer, Johannes A. Hainfellner, and Georg Widhalm. The author’s current work is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF grant P25823-B24) and the European Research Council (ERC Starting Grant 640396 OPTIMALZ,


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  1. 1.Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Medical University of ViennaViennaAustria

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