Forward-imaging instruments for optical coherence tomography

S. A. Boppart, B. E. Bouma, C. Pitris, G. J. Tearney, J. G. Fujimoto, M. E. Brezinski

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We discuss the design and implementation of forward-imaging instruments for optical coherence tomography (OCT), which require the delivery, scanning, and collection of single-spatial-mode optical radiation. A hand-held surgical probe for use in open surgery can provide cross-sectional images of subsurface tissue before surgical incisions are made. A rigid laparoscope for minimally invasive surgical OCT imaging provides a simultaneous en face view of the area being imaged. OCT imaging is demonstrated on in vitro human specimens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1618-1620
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number21
StatePublished - Nov 1 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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