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Full-Field Optical Coherence Tomography

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Since its introduction, optical coherence tomography (OCT) has been dramatically improved. The first developments of OCT involved time-domain OCT, wherein the image was acquired point-by-point by scanning both the interferometer reference arm length and the laser beam [22,26,37,62]. Frequency-domain (Fourier-domain) OCT soon followed, where the reference arm length scan was replaced by spectroscopic measurements made in parallel using a spectrometer (spectral-domain OCT), or sequentially by scanning the wavelength of a tunable laser (swept-source OCT) [23,33,46,50,66,67,70,72]. Since the depth information in frequency-domain OCT is obtained more rapidly, a significant improvement in the image acquisition speed and/or signal-to-noise ratio was achieved [7,10,45]. The success of OCT in many biomedical applications, especially in ophthalmology, suggests that it may seem futile to revisit the technique.

This chapter explains the principle of the full-field OCT technique and its associated operational performances. The primary advantages and drawbacks of the full-field OCT technique, compared to conventional OCT, are discussed.

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  • Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Tomographic Image
  • Optical Coherence Tomography Image
  • Axial Resolution
  • Optical Coherence Tomography System

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Dubois, A., Boccara, A.C. (2008). Full-Field Optical Coherence Tomography. In: Drexler, W., Fujimoto, J.G. (eds) Optical Coherence Tomography. Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-77550-8_19

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