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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 24 — Nov. 23, 2009
  • pp: 21762–21772

In vivo dynamic optical coherence elastography using a ring actuator

Brendan F. Kennedy, Timothy R. Hillman, Robert A. McLaughlin, Bryden C. Quirk, and David D. Sampson  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 24, pp. 21762-21772 (2009)

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We present a novel sample arm arrangement for dynamic optical coherence elastography based on excitation by a ring actuator. The actuator enables coincident excitation and imaging to be performed on a sample, facilitating in vivo operation. Sub-micrometer vibrations in the audio frequency range were coupled to samples that were imaged using optical coherence tomography. The resulting vibration amplitude and microstrain maps are presented for bilayer silicone phantoms and multiple skin sites on a human subject. Contrast based on the differing elastic properties is shown, notably between the epidermis and dermis. The results constitute the first demonstration of a practical means of performing in vivo dynamic optical coherence elastography on a human subject.

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OCIS Codes
(110.4500) Imaging systems : Optical coherence tomography
(290.5820) Scattering : Scattering measurements
(170.6935) Medical optics and biotechnology : Tissue characterization

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: September 25, 2009
Revised Manuscript: November 5, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 6, 2009
Published: November 12, 2009

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Brendan F. Kennedy, Timothy R. Hillman, Robert A. McLaughlin, Bryden C. Quirk, and David D. Sampson, "In vivo dynamic optical coherence elastography using a ring actuator," Opt. Express 17, 21762-21772 (2009)

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