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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 14 — Jul. 2, 2012
  • pp: 15654–15668

The effects of reduced bit depth on optical coherence tomography phase data

William A. Ling and Audrey K. Ellerbee  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 14, pp. 15654-15668 (2012)

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Past studies of the effects of bit depth on OCT magnitude data concluded that 8 bits of digitizer resolution provided nearly the same image quality as a 14-bit digitizer. However, such studies did not assess the effects of bit depth on the accuracy of phase data. In this work, we show that the effects of bit depth on phase data and magnitude data can differ significantly. This finding has an important impact on the design of phase-resolved OCT systems, such as those measuring motion and the birefringence of samples, particularly as one begins to consider the tradeoff between bit depth and digitizer speed.

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OCIS Codes
(030.4280) Coherence and statistical optics : Noise in imaging systems
(100.5070) Image processing : Phase retrieval
(170.3890) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical optics instrumentation
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography

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Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: May 11, 2012
Revised Manuscript: June 18, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: June 19, 2012
Published: June 26, 2012

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William A. Ling and Audrey K. Ellerbee, "The effects of reduced bit depth on optical coherence tomography phase data," Opt. Express 20, 15654-15668 (2012)

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