A fiber-optic-bundle-based optical coherence tomography (OCT) probe method is presented. The experimental results demonstrate this multimode optical fiber-bundle-based OCT system can achieve a lateral resolution of 12 µm and an axial resolution of 10 µm with a superluminescent diode source. This novel OCT imaging approach eliminates any moving parts in the probe and has a primary advantage for use in extremely compact and safe OCT endoscopes for imaging internal organs and great potential to be combined with confocal endoscopic microscopy.
© 2005 Optical Society of America
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(110.0110) Imaging systems : Imaging systems
(110.4500) Imaging systems : Optical coherence tomography
(170.2150) Medical optics and biotechnology : Endoscopic imaging
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
Tuqiang Xie, David Mukai, Shuguang Guo, Matthew Brenner, and Zhongping Chen, "Fiber-optic-bundle-based optical coherence tomography," Opt. Lett. 30, 1803-1805 (2005)