Imaging needle for optical coherence tomography

Xingde Li, Christian Chudoba, Tony Ko, Costas Pitris, James G. Fujimoto

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We describe a miniature optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging needle that can be inserted into solid tissues and organs to permit interstitial imaging of their internal microstructures with micrometer scale resolution and minimal trauma. A novel rotational coupler with a glass capillary tube is also presented that couples light from a rotating single-mode fiber to a stationary one. A prototype needle with a 27-gauge (∼410-μm) outer diameter has been developed and is demonstrated for in vivo imaging. The OCT needle can be integrated with standard excisional biopsy devices and used for OCT-guided biopsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1520-1522
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number20
StatePublished - Oct 15 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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