Real Time Imaging of Laser Intervention with Optical Coherence Tomography

Jürgen M. Herrmann, Stephen A. Boppart, Brett E. Bouma, Gary J. Tearney, Costas Pitris, Mark E. Brezinski, James G. Fujimoto

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The ability to visualize changes within tissue during surgical procedures will improve feedback to the surgeon permitting intraoperative adjustments in protocol. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a biomedical imaging technology based on the detection of near-infrared optical backscatter from tissue. Fast scanning optical coherence tomography, capable of imaging at 8 frames per second, is introduced for real-time monitoring of surgical interventions with micron-scale resolution. Ablation and thermal effects of argon laser exposure are examined in different tissues, illustrating one example of an interventional procedure. Integration of high-speed OCT imaging with an incisional or ablative device suggests that this technology may be useful for assessing intraoperative dynamics of tissue ablation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTherapeutic Laser Applications, TLA 1998
PublisherOptica Publishing Group (formerly OSA)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781557528209
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes
EventTopical Meeting on Therapeutic Laser Applications, TLA 1998 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Mar 8 1998 → …

Publication series

NameOptics InfoBase Conference Papers


ConferenceTopical Meeting on Therapeutic Laser Applications, TLA 1998
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Period3/8/98 → …


  • (170.1020) Ablation of tissue
  • (170.4500) Optical coherence tomography
  • (170.4580) Optical diagnostics for medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Mechanics of Materials


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