In this report, we report on the implementation of compressive sensing (CS) and sparse sampling in polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) to reduce the number of B-scans (frames consisting of an array of A-scans, where each represents a single depth profile of reflections) required for effective volumetric (3D dataset composed of an array of B-scans) PS-OCT measurements (i.e. OCT intensity, and phase retardation) reconstruction. Sparse sampling of PS-OCT is achieved through randomization of step sizes along the slow-axis of PS-OCT imaging, covering the same spatial ranges as those with equal slow-axis step sizes, but with a reduced number of B-scans. Tested on missing B-scan rates of 25%, 50% and 75%, we found CS could reconstruct reasonably good (as evidenced by a correlation coefficient >0.6) PS-OCT measurements with a maximum reduced B-scan rate of 50%, thereby accelerating and doubling the rate of volumetric PS-OCT measurements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number294005
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Issue number29
StatePublished - Jul 2021


  • Compressive sensing
  • polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography
  • sparse sampling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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