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Appl. Sci. 2017, 7(5), 474; doi:10.3390/app7050474

Polarization Sensitive Optical Coherence Tomography: A Review of Technology and Applications

Medical University of Vienna, Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, 4L, 1090 Vienna, Austria
Academic Editor: Totaro Imasaka
Received: 10 February 2017 / Revised: 13 April 2017 / Accepted: 25 April 2017 / Published: 4 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Development and Application of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT))
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Polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) is an imaging technique based on light scattering. PS-OCT performs rapid two- and three-dimensional imaging of transparent and translucent samples with micrometer scale resolution. PS-OCT provides image contrast based on the polarization state of backscattered light and has been applied in many biomedical fields as well as in non-medical fields. Thereby, the polarimetric approach enabled imaging with enhanced contrast compared to standard OCT and the quantitative assessment of sample polarization properties. In this article, the basic methodological principles, the state of the art of PS-OCT technologies, and important applications of the technique are reviewed in a concise yet comprehensive way. View Full-Text
Keywords: optical coherence tomography; polarization sensitive devices; biomedical imaging; birefringence; scattering; depolarization optical coherence tomography; polarization sensitive devices; biomedical imaging; birefringence; scattering; depolarization
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