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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 15 — Jul. 25, 2005
  • pp: 5739–5749

Effects of sample arm motion in endoscopic polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography

Mark C. Pierce, Milen Shishkov, B. Hyle Park, Nader A. Nassif, Brett E. Bouma, Guillermo J. Tearney, and Johannes F. de Boer  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 15, pp. 5739-5749 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OPEX.13.005739


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Abstract

Motion of the sample arm fiber in optical coherence tomography (OCT) systems can dynamically alter the polarization state of light incident on tissue during imaging, with consequences for both conventional and polarization-sensitive (PS-)OCT. Endoscopic OCT is particularly susceptible to polarization-related effects, since in most cases, the transverse scanning mechanism involves motion of the sample arm optical fiber to create an image. We investigated the effects of a scanning sample arm fiber on the polarization state of light in an OCT system, and demonstrate that by referencing the state backscattered from within a sample to the measured state at the surface, changes in polarization state due to sample fiber motion can be isolated. The technique is demonstrated by high-speed PS-OCT imaging at 1 frame per second, with both linear and rotary scanning fiber-optic probes. Measurements were made on a calibrated wave plate, and endoscopic PS-OCT images of ex-vivo human tissues are also presented, allowing comparison with features in histologic sections.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(170.2150) Medical optics and biotechnology : Endoscopic imaging
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices

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History
Original Manuscript: June 7, 2005
Revised Manuscript: July 13, 2005
Published: July 25, 2005

Citation
Mark Pierce, Milen Shishkov, B. Park, Nader Nassif, Brett Bouma, Guillermo Tearney, and Johannes de Boer, "Effects of sample arm motion in endoscopic polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography," Opt. Express 13, 5739-5749 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-13-15-5739


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