We comment on the recent Letter by Jiao et al. [Opt. Lett. 28, 1206 (2003)] in which a polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography system was presented. Interrogating a sample with two orthogonal incident polarization states cannot always recover birefringence correctly. A previously presented fiber-based polarization-sensitive system was inaccurately characterized, and its method of eliminating the polarization distortion caused by single-mode optical fiber was presented earlier by Saxer et al. [Opt. Lett. 25, 1355 (2000)].
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B. Hyle Park, Mark C. Pierce, and Johannes F. de Boer, "Comment on "Optical-fiber-based Mueller optical coherence tomography"," Opt. Lett. 29, 2873-2874 (2004)