Parametric imaging of cancer with optical coherence tomography

Robert A. McLaughlin, Loretta Scolaro, Peter Robbins, Christobel Saunders, Steven L. Jacques, David D. Sampson

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We present a parametric optical coherence tomography (OCT) technique to improve contrast between malignant and healthy non-neoplastic tissue. The technique incorporates a fully automated method to extract tissue attenuation characteristics. Results are represented visually as a parametric en face image, where the parameter used for contrast is indicative of the relative optical attenuation coefficient of the tissue. We present the first parametric OCT images of human lymph nodes containing malignant cells, and demonstrate improved tissue contrast over en face OCT images.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number046029
JournalJournal of biomedical optics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Cancer
  • Lymph node
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Parametric imaging
  • Parametric optical coherence tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomedical Engineering


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