We demonstrate an endoscope-compatible single-fiber-based device that performs simultaneous confocal microscopy and high-precision laser microsurgery. The method is based on mapping of two-dimensional sample coordinates onto the optical spectrum and allows us to perform two-dimensional imaging and microsurgery without any mechanical movement of the probe or the sample. The technology holds promise for creating highly miniaturized endoscopes for applications such as brain tumor, pediatric, and endovascular surgeries where high-precision, small, and flexible probes are required.
© 2009 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 5, 2009
Revised Manuscript: May 28, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: June 2, 2009
Published: July 7, 2009
Vol. 4, Iss. 9 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics
Kevin K. Tsia, Keisuke Goda, Dale Capewell, and Bahram Jalali, "Simultaneous mechanical-scan-free confocal microscopy and laser microsurgery," Opt. Lett. 34, 2099-2101 (2009)