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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2013
  • pp: 16353–16369

Spectral binning for mitigation of polarization mode dispersion artifacts in catheter-based optical frequency domain imaging

Martin Villiger, Ellen Ziyi Zhang, Seemantini K. Nadkarni, Wang-Yuhl Oh, Benjamin J. Vakoc, and Brett E. Bouma  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 14, pp. 16353-16369 (2013)

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Polarization mode dispersion (PMD) has been recognized as a significant barrier to sensitive and reproducible birefringence measurements with fiber-based, polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography systems. Here, we present a signal processing strategy that reconstructs the local retardation robustly in the presence of system PMD. The algorithm uses a spectral binning approach to limit the detrimental impact of system PMD and benefits from the final averaging of the PMD-corrected retardation vectors of the spectral bins. The algorithm was validated with numerical simulations and experimental measurements of a rubber phantom. When applied to the imaging of human cadaveric coronary arteries, the algorithm was found to yield a substantial improvement in the reconstructed birefringence maps.

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OCIS Codes
(170.3010) Medical optics and biotechnology : Image reconstruction techniques
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography
(110.5405) Imaging systems : Polarimetric imaging

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: February 21, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 19, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 21, 2013
Published: July 2, 2013

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Martin Villiger, Ellen Ziyi Zhang, Seemantini K. Nadkarni, Wang-Yuhl Oh, Benjamin J. Vakoc, and Brett E. Bouma, "Spectral binning for mitigation of polarization mode dispersion artifacts in catheter-based optical frequency domain imaging," Opt. Express 21, 16353-16369 (2013)

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