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Characterizing the resolvability of real superluminescent diode sources for application to optical coherence tomography using a low coherence interferometry model

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Paul Vernon Jansz

Edith Cowan University, School of Engineering, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup 6027, Western Australia, Australia

Steven Richardson

Edith Cowan University, School of Engineering, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup 6027, Western Australia, Australia

Graham Wild

RMIT University, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, GPO Box 2476, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia

Steven Hinckley

Edith Cowan University, School of Engineering, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup 6027, Western Australia, Australia

J. Biomed. Opt. 19(8), 085003 (Aug 05, 2014). doi:10.1117/1.JBO.19.8.085003
History: Received June 1, 2013; Revised April 22, 2014; Accepted April 30, 2014
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Abstract.  The axial resolution is a critical parameter in determining whether optical coherent tomography (OCT) can be used to resolve specific features in a sample image. Typically, measures of resolution have been attributed to the light source characteristics only, including the coherence length and the point spread function (PSF) width of the OCT light sources. The need to cost effectively visualize the generated PSF and OCT cross-correlated interferogram (A-scan) using many OCT light sources have led to the extrinsic evolution of the OCT simulation model presented. This research indicated that empirical resolution in vivo, as well as depending on the light source’s spectral characteristics, is also strongly dependent on the optical characteristics of the tissue, including surface reflection. This research showed that this reflection could be digitally removed from the A-scan of an epithelial model, enhancing the stratum depth resolution limit (SDRL) of the subsurface tissue. Specifically, the A-scan portion above the surface, the front surface interferogram, could be digitally subtracted, rather than deconvolved, from the subsurface part of each A-scan. This front surface interferogram subtraction resulted in considerably reduced empirical SDRLs being much closer to the superluminescent diodes’ resolution limits, compared to the untreated A-scan results.

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Paul Vernon Jansz ; Steven Richardson ; Graham Wild and Steven Hinckley
"Characterizing the resolvability of real superluminescent diode sources for application to optical coherence tomography using a low coherence interferometry model", J. Biomed. Opt. 19(8), 085003 (Aug 05, 2014). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JBO.19.8.085003


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