18 January 2005 Ultrahigh-resolution endoscopic optical coherence tomography
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Early detection of gastrointestinal cancer is essential for the patient treatment and medical care. Endoscopically guided biopsy is currently the gold standard for the diagnosis of early esophageal cancer, but can suffer from high false negative rates due to sampling errors. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an emerging medical imaging technology which can generate high resolution, cross-sectional images of tissue in situ and in real time, without the removal of tissue specimen. Although endoscopic OCT has been used successfully to identify certain pathologies in the gastrointestinal tract, the resolution of current endoscopic OCT systems has been limited to 10 - 15 m for clinical procedures. In this study, in vivo imaging of the gastrointestinal tract is demonstrated at a three-fold higher resolution (< 5 m), using a portable, broadband, Cr4+:Forsterite laser as the optical light source. Images acquired from the esophagus, gastro-esophageal junction and colon on animal model display tissue microstructures and architectural details at high resolution, and the features observed in the OCT images are well-matched with histology. The clinical feasibility study is conducted through delivering OCT imaging catheter using standard endoscope. OCT images of normal esophagus, Barrett's esophagus, and esophageal cancers are demonstrated with distinct features. The ability of high resolution endoscopic OCT to image tissue morphology at an unprecedented resolution in vivo would facilitate the development of OCT as a potential imaging modality for early detection of neoplastic changes.
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Yu Chen, Yu Chen, Paul R. Herz, Paul R. Herz, Pei-Lin Hsiung, Pei-Lin Hsiung, Aaron D. Aguirre, Aaron D. Aguirre, Hiroshi Mashimo, Hiroshi Mashimo, Saleem Desai, Saleem Desai, Macos Pedrosa, Macos Pedrosa, Amanda Koski, Amanda Koski, Joseph M. Schmitt, Joseph M. Schmitt, James G. Fujimoto, James G. Fujimoto, } "Ultrahigh-resolution endoscopic optical coherence tomography", Proc. SPIE 5630, Optics in Health Care and Biomedical Optics: Diagnostics and Treatment II, (18 January 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.577171; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.577171

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