2020 High-resolution in-vivo human retinal imaging using full-field OCT with optical stabilization of axial motion

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2020 High-resolution in-vivo human retinal imaging using full-field OCT with optical stabilization of axial motion

Abstract

Time-domain full-field OCT (FF-OCT) represents an imaging modality capable of recording high-speed en-face sections of a sample at a given depth. One of the biggest challenges to transfer this technique to image in-vivo human retina is the presence of continuous involuntary head and eye axial motion during image acquisition. In this paper, we demonstrate a solution to this problem by implementing an optical stabilization in an FF-OCT system. This was made possible by combining an FF-OCT system, an SD-OCT system, and a high-speed voice-coil translation stage. B-scans generated by the SD-OCT were used to measure the retina axial position and to drive the position of the high-speed voice coil translation stage, where the FF-OCT reference arm is mounted. Closed-loop optical stabilization reduced the RMS error by a factor of 7, significantly increasing the FF-OCT image acquisition efficiency. By these means, we demonstrate the capacity of the FF-OCT to resolve cone mosaic as close as 1.5o from the fovea center with high consistency and without using adaptive optics.

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