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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(12), 2395; https://doi.org/10.3390/app8122395

Demonstration of Triband Multi-Focal Imaging with Optical Coherence Tomography

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Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA
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Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA
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Division of Health Sciences & Technology (HST), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
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Received: 14 October 2018 / Revised: 10 November 2018 / Accepted: 20 November 2018 / Published: 26 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Optical Coherence Tomography and its Applications)
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We demonstrate an extended depth of focus optical coherence tomography (OCT) system based on the use of chromatic aberration to create displaced focal planes in the sample. The system uses a wavelength-swept source tuning over three spectral bands and three separate interferometers, each of which interfaces to a single illumination/collection fiber. The resulting three imaged volumes are merged in post-processing to generate an image with a larger depth of focus than is obtained from each band individually. The improvements are demonstrated in structural imaging of a porous phantom and a lipid-cleared murine brain, and by angiographic imaging of human skin. By using a coaxial approach with Gaussian beams, this approach enables an extended focus with relatively simple microscope optics and data-merging algorithms. View Full-Text
Keywords: optical coherence tomography; multi-focal imaging; chromatic focal shift optical coherence tomography; multi-focal imaging; chromatic focal shift
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Nam, A.S.; Ren, J.; Bouma, B.E.; Vakoc, B.J. Demonstration of Triband Multi-Focal Imaging with Optical Coherence Tomography. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 2395.

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