Volumetric directional optical coherence tomography

Shuibin Ni, Shanjida Khan, Thanh Tin P. Nguyen, Ringo Ng, Brandon J. Lujan, Ou Tan, David Huang, Yifan Jian

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Photoreceptor loss and resultant thinning of the outer nuclear layer (ONL) is an important pathological feature of retinal degenerations and may serve as a useful imaging biomarker for age-related macular degeneration. However, the demarcation between the ONL and the adjacent Henle's fiber layer (HFL) is difficult to visualize with standard optical coherence tomography (OCT). A dedicated OCT system that can precisely control and continuously and synchronously update the imaging beam entry points during scanning has not been realized yet. In this paper, we introduce a novel imaging technology, Volumetric Directional OCT (VD-OCT), which can dynamically adjust the incident beam on the pupil without manual adjustment during a volumetric OCT scan. We also implement a customized spoke-circular scanning pattern to observe the appearance of HFL with sufficient optical contrast in continuous cross-sectional scans through the entire volume. The application of VD-OCT for retinal imaging to exploit directional reflectivity properties of tissue layers has the potential to allow for early identification of retinal diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)950-961
Number of pages12
JournalBiomedical Optics Express
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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