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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 2 — Jan. 17, 2011
  • pp: 1217–1227

Visualization of microvasculature by dual-beam phase-resolved Doppler optical coherence tomography

Stefan Zotter, Michael Pircher, Teresa Torzicky, Marco Bonesi, Erich Götzinger, Rainer A. Leitgeb, and Christoph K. Hitzenberger  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 2, pp. 1217-1227 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.001217


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Abstract

We present a dual-beam Doppler optical coherence tomography system for visualizing the microvasculature within the retina. The sample arm beams from two identical spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) systems are combined such that there is a small horizontal offset between them at the retina. Thereby we record two tomograms which are slightly separated in time. Phase-resolved Doppler analysis is performed between these two data sets. This system allows blood capillary imaging with high flow sensitivity and variable velocity range. To demonstrate the performance of our system we present images of the microvascular network around the fovea and around the optic nerve head of the human eye.

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OCIS Codes
(170.3340) Medical optics and biotechnology : Laser Doppler velocimetry
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

History
Original Manuscript: November 8, 2010
Revised Manuscript: January 10, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 10, 2011
Published: January 11, 2011

Virtual Issues
Vol. 6, Iss. 2 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Stefan Zotter, Michael Pircher, Teresa Torzicky, Marco Bonesi, Erich Götzinger, Rainer A. Leitgeb, and Christoph K. Hitzenberger, "Visualization of microvasculature by dual-beam phase-resolved Doppler optical coherence tomography," Opt. Express 19, 1217-1227 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-2-1217


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