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| OPTICS, IMAGE SCIENCE, AND VISION

  • Vol. 22, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2005
  • pp: 262–271

Variables affecting polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography imaging examined through the modeling of birefringent phantoms

Bin Liu, Michelle Harman, and Mark E. Brezinski  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 22, Issue 2, pp. 262-271 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.22.000262


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Abstract

Characteristics of tissue birefringence provide valuable diagnostic information when optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging is performed. We mathematically model single-detector polarization-sensitive (PS) OCT (PS-OCT) for imaging an alternating layered phantom with birefringence. The theoretical analysis and the simulated data all reveal complexities associated with PS-OCT imaging. Various tissue parameters affect the retrieved PS-OCT signal and hence the image features. A better understanding of the mechanisms that control PS-OCT imaging would be useful for interpretation of tissue images and ultimately useful to provide more diagnostic information.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

History
Original Manuscript: June 23, 2004
Revised Manuscript: August 17, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: August 24, 2004
Published: February 1, 2005

Citation
Bin Liu, Michelle Harman, and Mark E. Brezinski, "Variables affecting polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography imaging examined through the modeling of birefringent phantoms," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 22, 262-271 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-22-2-262


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