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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 5 — Mar. 2, 2009
  • pp: 4208–4220

Visualization of 3D high speed ultrahigh resolution optical coherence tomographic data identifies structures visible in 2D frames

Larry Kagemann, Hiroshi Isikawa, Gadi Wollstein, Michelle Gabriele, and Joel S. Schuman  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 5, pp. 4208-4220 (2009)

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Optical coherence tomography has allowed unprecedented visualization of ocular structures, but the identity of some visible objects within slices remains unknown. This study reconstructs a number of those objects in 3D space, allowing their identification by observation of their 3D morphology. In the case mottling deep within image slices through the optic disc, C-mode imaging provided visualization of the appearance and distribution of laminar pores. In the case of white spots and streaks sometimes observed in image slices through the cornea, C-mode imaging contoured to the path of those white spots allowed their visual identification as nerves extending radially into the cornea from the limbus. White spots observed in ultrahigh resolution retinal image slices were identified as blood within retinal capillaries. C-mode contour-corrected imaging of three-dimensional structures provided the identification of previously unidentified structures visible in cross-sectional image slices.

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OCIS Codes
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography
(170.6900) Medical optics and biotechnology : Three-dimensional microscopy

ToC Category:
Visualization and Image Processing in OCT

Original Manuscript: November 20, 2008
Revised Manuscript: December 22, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: January 14, 2009
Published: March 2, 2009

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Vol. 4, Iss. 5 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics
Interactive Science Publishing Focus Issue: Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) (2009) Optics Express

Larry Kagemann, Hiroshi Ishikawa, Gadi Wollstein, Michelle Gabriele, and Joel S. Schuman, "Visualization of 3-D high speed ultrahigh resolution optical coherence tomographic data identifies structures visible in 2D frames," Opt. Express 17, 4208-4220 (2009)

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