Full-Field Optical Coherence Tomography

Part of the Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMEDICAL)

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.


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