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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 12 — Jun. 11, 2007
  • pp: 7103–7116

High-speed three-dimensional human retinal imaging by line-field spectral domain optical coherence tomography

Yoshifumi Nakamura, Shuichi Makita, Masahiro Yamanari, Masahide Itoh, Toyohiko Yatagai, and Yoshiaki Yasuno  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 12, pp. 7103-7116 (2007)

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Line-field spectral domain optical coherence tomography (LF-SDOCT) has been developed for very high-speed three-dimensional (3D) retinal imaging. By this technique, the A-line rate significantly improved to 823,200 A-lines/s for single frame imaging and 51,500 A-lines/s for continues frame imaging. The frame rate at continues frame imaging is 201 fps. This 3D acquisition speed is more than two fold higher acquisition speed than the standard flying spot SD-OCT. In this paper, the integration time of the camera was optimized for the in vivo retinal measurement and the degradation of the lateral resolution due to the ocular aberrations was suppressed by introducing the pupil stop. Owing to an optimal integration time, the motion artifact can be significantly suppressed. Also a pupil stop was employed in order to enhance the contrast of the OCT image for the effect of ocular aberrations. The in vivo 3D retinal imaging with 256 cross-sectional images (256 A-lines/image) was successfully performed in 1.3 seconds, corresponding to 0.8 volume/s. The maximum on-axis system sensitivity was measured to be 89.4 dB at a depth of 112 μm with an axial resolution of 7.4 μm in tissue. It is shown that LF-SDOCT might have a sensitivity advantage in comparison to the flying spot SD-OCT in the ultra high-speed acquisition mode.

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OCIS Codes
(110.4500) Imaging systems : Optical coherence tomography
(110.6880) Imaging systems : Three-dimensional image acquisition
(170.4470) Medical optics and biotechnology : Ophthalmology
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: February 27, 2007
Revised Manuscript: April 23, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: April 26, 2007
Published: May 29, 2007

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Vol. 2, Iss. 7 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Yoshifumi Nakamura, Shuichi Makita, Masahiro Yamanari, Masahide Itoh, Toyohiko Yatagai, and Yoshiaki Yasuno, "High-speed three-dimensional human retinal imaging by line-field spectral domain optical coherence tomography," Opt. Express 15, 7103-7116 (2007)

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