Flexible miniature compound lens design for high-resolution optical coherence tomography balloon imaging catheter JOURNAL OF BIOMEDICAL OPTICS Fu, H. L., Leng, Y., Cobb, M. J., Hsu, K., Hwang, J. H., Li, X. 2008; 13 (6)


We report on a new optics design for an optical coherence tomography (OCT) balloon imaging catheter. The design involves a miniature compound gradient-index (GRIN) rod lens, which consists of a fiber optic mode-field reducer and relay rod lenses to achieve predictable high lateral resolution at a desired large working distance. The compound lens design significantly simplifies the engineering process for an OCT catheter and enables 3-D full circumferential cross sectional imaging of large luminal organs such as human esophagus. An as-designed OCT catheter is developed and demonstrated for real-time in vivo swine esophagus imaging in a 3-D spiral fashion.

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