1 April 2011 Choroidal laser Doppler flowmeter with enhanced sensitivity based on a scattering plate
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J. of Biomedical Optics, 16(4), 047004 (2011). doi:10.1117/1.3565438
Abstract
A portable choroidal laser Doppler flowmeter (LDF) with enhanced sensitivity based on a scattering plate is developed. The portable LDF is weighted 2 kg operated at center wavelength of 780 nm, leading to a better penetration into the eye fundus in contrast to the previous LDF operated at center wavelength of 670 nm. Enhancement of number of detected photons that undergo Doppler scattering and improved measured speed of choroidal blood flow are achieved with the use of a scattering plate positioned in front of the eye. The mechanism of detection and sensitivity enhancement is theoretically analyzed. Evaluation of system performance is done by in vivo measurements on ten volunteers. The results demonstrate that an increased percentage of backscattering light at high Doppler shift frequency is collected due to utilization of the scattering plate. However, this kind of light detection influences spatial resolution of the system and decreases the total signal measured. The proposed method for detection and sensitivity enhancement might be useful in a case where the perception of very slight alternation of blood flow is pursued and the spatial resolution is not as critical as that in a choroidal vascular bed.
Chuan Wang, Zhihua Ding, Tong Wu, Minghui Chen, Martial H. Geiser, "Choroidal laser Doppler flowmeter with enhanced sensitivity based on a scattering plate," Journal of Biomedical Optics 16(4), 047004 (1 April 2011). http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.3565438
Submission: Received ; Accepted
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KEYWORDS
Scattering

Laser scattering

Doppler effect

Light scattering

Blood circulation

Photons

Eye

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