Optical Coherence Tomography: Technical Aspects

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Abstract

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a high-resolution, noninvasive, 3D imaging technique with great potential in both clinical and fundamental research applications in many areas. Owing to its exceptionally high spatial resolution and velocity sensitivity, the functional extension of OCT techniques can simultaneously provide tissue structure, blood perfusion, birefringence, and other physiological information and it has great potential for basic biomedical research and clinical medicine. OCT has the far-reaching potential to be a quantitative imaging technique that could impact many, as yet unexplored, areas and should therefore be considered a vital measurement tool. In this chapter, we will first discuss the principle of operation and then the practical aspects of the OCT system; we will also provide detailed discussion on different OCT schemes and its functional extensions.

Keywords

Optical Coherence Tomography Amplify Spontaneous Emission Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging Axial Resolution Michelson Interferometer 
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  1. 1.Department of Biomedical EngineeringOregon Health & Science UniversityPortlandUSA
  2. 2.Department of BioengineeringUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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