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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 25 — Dec. 12, 2005
  • pp: 10217–10229

High speed spectral domain polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography of the human retina

Erich Götzinger, Michael Pircher, and Christoph K. Hitzenberger  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 25, pp. 10217-10229 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OPEX.13.010217


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Abstract

We developed a high-speed polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) system for retinal imaging based on spectral domain OCT. The system uses two spectrometers, one for each polarization channel, that operate in parallel at 20000 A-lines/s each. It provides reflectivity, retardation, and cumulative optic axis orientation simultaneously. We present our instrument and discuss the requirements for the alignment of the two spectrometers specific for our setup. We show 2D spectral domain PS-OCT images and – to the best of our knowledge – the first 3D spectral domain PS-OCT data sets in form of fly-through movies and volume rendered data sets recorded in human retina in vivo.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(170.4470) Medical optics and biotechnology : Ophthalmology
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography
(170.4580) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical diagnostics for medicine
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices

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Erich Götzinger, Michael Pircher, and Christoph K. Hitzenberger, "High speed spectral domain polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography of the human retina," Opt. Express 13, 10217-10229 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-13-25-10217


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