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Biomedical Optics Express

  • Editor: Joseph A. Izatt
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2012
  • pp: 160–169

Tensor total variation approach to optical coherence tomography reconstruction for improved visualization of retinal microvasculature

Alexander Wong, Sepideh Hariri, Eun Sun Song, and Kostadinka Bizheva  »View Author Affiliations

Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 3, Issue 1, pp. 160-169 (2012)

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A novel optical coherence tomography (OCT) reconstruction approach is introduced for improved visualization of inner-retina capillaries in retinal OCT tomograms. The proposed method utilizes a minimization framework based on a tensor total variation (TTV) energy functional, to enforce capillary structural characteristics in the spatial domain. By accounting for structure tensor characteristics, the TTV reconstruction method allows for contrast enhancement of capillary structural characteristics. The novel TTV method was tested on high resolution OCT images acquired in-vivo from the foveal region of the retina of a healthy human subject. Experimental results demonstrate significant contrast and visibility enhancement of the inner retina capillaries in the retinal OCT tomograms, achieved by use of the TTV reconstruction method. Therefore, the TTV method has a strong potential for improved disease progression analysis based on the study of disease-induced changes in the inner retina vasculature.

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OCIS Codes
(100.0100) Image processing : Image processing
(100.2980) Image processing : Image enhancement
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography
(100.3008) Image processing : Image recognition, algorithms and filters

ToC Category:
Image Processing

Original Manuscript: October 12, 2011
Revised Manuscript: November 29, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 29, 2011
Published: December 19, 2011

Alexander Wong, Sepideh Hariri, Eun Sun Song, and Kostadinka Bizheva, "Tensor total variation approach to optical coherence tomography reconstruction for improved visualization of retinal microvasculature," Biomed. Opt. Express 3, 160-169 (2012)

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