The identification and correction of wavefront aberrations is often necessary to achieve high-resolution optical images of biological tissues, as imperfections in the optical system and the tissue itself distort the imaging beam. Measuring the localized wavefront aberration provides information on where the beam is distorted and how severely. We have recently developed a method to estimate the single-pass wavefront aberrations from complex optical coherence tomography (OCT) data. Using this method, localized wavefront measurement and correction using computational OCT was performed in ex vivo tissues. The computationally measured wavefront varied throughout the imaged OCT volumes and, therefore, a local wavefront correction outperformed a global wavefront correction. The local wavefront measurement was also used to generate tissue aberration maps. Such aberration maps could potentially be used as a new form of tissue contrast.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics