Crosstalk rejection in full-field optical coherence tomography using spatially incoherent illumination with a partially coherent source

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The recent advent of ultra high frame rate cameras gives rise to the possibility of constructing swept source full-field OCT systems with achievable volume rates approaching 10Hz and net A-scan rates approaching 10MHz. Unfortunately, when illuminated with partially coherent light, full-field OCT in turbid media suffers resolution and SNR degradation from coherent multiple scattering, a phenomenon commonly referred to as crosstalk. As a result, most FFOCT systems employ thermal sources, which provide spatially incoherent illumination to achieve crosstalk rejection. However, these thermal sources preclude the use of swept source lasers. In this work, we demonstrate the use of a carefully configured FFOCT system employing multimode fiber in the illumination arm to reduce the spatial coherence of a partially coherent source. By reducing the coherence area below the system resolution, the illumination becomes effectively spatially incoherent and crosstalk is largely rejected. We compare FFOCT images of a USAF test chart positioned beneath both transparent and turbid phantoms using both illumination schemes. © 2010 Copyright SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering.






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Dhalla, Al-Hafeez, Justin V Migacz and Joseph A Izatt (2010). Crosstalk rejection in full-field optical coherence tomography using spatially incoherent illumination with a partially coherent source. Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE, 7554. pp. 2305–2307. 10.1117/12.843391 Retrieved from

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Al-Hafeez Z Dhalla

Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

My research focuses on the application of optical technologies for non-invasive, high-resolution imaging of biological tissues.  In particular, our laboratory develops optical coherence tomography (OCT), scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (SLO), light detection and ranging (LiDAR) and other optical imaging technologies for applications in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, particularly diseases of the eye. My work focuses not only on the engineering and technical development of novel imaging technologies, but also the preparation of these technologies for commercialization through clinical validation and regulatory approval.

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