Two- and three-dimensional high-resolution imaging of the human oviduct with optical coherence tomography

Jürgen M. Herrmann, Mark E. Brezinski, Brett E. Bouma, Stephen A. Boppart, Costas Pitris, James F. Southern, James G. Fujimoto

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Objective: To evaluate the feasibility of optical coherence tomography, a new method of micron-scale imaging, for high-resolution assessment of the oviduct. Optical coherence tomography is analogous to ultrasound except that it measures the backreflection of infrared light rather than acoustical waves. Design: The ampulla of a human fallopian tube was imaged in vitro using optical coherence tomography. Images were generated in 2 and 3 dimensions. Setting: University. Patient(s): Samples were obtained from women who had undergone hysterectomy for leiomyomatosis. Intervention(s): None Main Outcome Measure(s): The ability to perform imaging on a micron scale, which is a level of resolution higher than that of any currently available clinical technology. Result(s): Two- and three-dimensional data sets of the reflectance of a human fallopian tube were acquired. A volume of 5 x 5 x 2.5 mm (length x width x depth) was scanned. The axial resolution was 11 μm, and the lateral resolution at the focus was 20 μm. The data sets showed detailed structures of the fallopian tube. Conclusion(s): Our ability to obtain micron-scale two- and three-dimensional images of an in vitro oviduct suggests that it may be possible to identify and surgically treat tubal causes of infertility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-158
Number of pages4
JournalFertility and Sterility
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Endometriosis
  • Fallopian tube
  • Imaging
  • Infertility
  • Infrared
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Salpingoscopy
  • Spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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