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8 March 2016 Depth encoded three-beam swept source Doppler optical coherence tomography
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A novel approach for investigation of human retinal and choroidal blood flow by the means of multi-channel swept source Doppler optical coherence tomography (SS-D-OCT) system is being developed. We present preliminary in vitro measurement results for quantification of the 3D velocity vector of scatterers in a flow phantom. The absolute flow velocity of moving scatterers can be obtained without prior knowledge of flow orientation. In contrast to previous spectral domain (SD-) D-OCT investigations, that already proved the three-channel D-OCT approach to be suitable for in vivo retinal blood flow evaluation, this current work aims for a similar functional approach by means of a differing technique. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first three-channel D-OCT setup featuring a wavelength tunable laser source. Furthermore, we present a modification of our setup allowing a reduction of the former three active illumination channels to one active illumination channel and two passive channels, which only probe the illuminated sample. This joint aperture (JA) approach provides the advantage of not having to divide beam power among three beams to meet corresponding laser safety limits. The in vitro measurement results regarding the flow phantom show good agreement between theoretically calculated and experimentally obtained flow velocity values.
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Andreas Wartak, Richard Haindl, Wolfgang Trasischker, Bernhard Baumann, Michael Pircher, and Christoph K. Hitzenberger "Depth encoded three-beam swept source Doppler optical coherence tomography", Proc. SPIE 9697, Optical Coherence Tomography and Coherence Domain Optical Methods in Biomedicine XX, 96970K (8 March 2016);

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