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Title: Ultrahigh-speed line-scan SD-OCT for fourdimensional in vivo imaging of small animal models
Authors: Al-Qazwini, Z. 
Ko, Z.Y.G. 
Mehta, K. 
Chen, N. 
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: OSA - The Optical Society
Citation: Al-Qazwini, Z., Ko, Z.Y.G., Mehta, K., Chen, N. (2018). Ultrahigh-speed line-scan SD-OCT for fourdimensional in vivo imaging of small animal models. Biomedical Optics Express 9 (3) : 1216-1228. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: We report an ultrahigh-speed and high-resolution line-scan spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) system that integrates a number of mechanisms for improving image quality. The illumination uniformity is significantly improved by the use of a Powell lens; Phase stepping and differential reconstruction are combined to suppress autocorrelation artifacts; Nonlocal means (NLM) is employed to enhance the signal to noise ratio while minimizing motion artifacts. The system is capable of acquiring cross-sectional images at more than 3,500 B-scans per second with sensitivities between 70dB and 90dB. The high B-scan rate enables image post-processing with nonlocal means, an advanced noise reduction algorithm that affords enhanced morphological details and reduced motion artifacts. The achieved axial and lateral resolutions are 2.0 and 6.2 microns, respectively. We have used this system to acquire four-dimensional (three-dimensional space and one-dimensional time) imaging data from live chicken embryos at up to 40 volumes per second. Dynamic cardiac tissue deformation and blood flow could be clearly visualized at high temporal and spatial resolutions, providing valuable information for understanding the mechanical and fluid dynamic properties of the developing cardiac system. © 2018 Optical Society of America.
Source Title: Biomedical Optics Express
ISSN: 2156-7085
DOI: 10.1364/BOE.9.001216
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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