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Phys Med Biol. 2004 Apr 7;49(7):1265-76.

Doppler optical coherence imaging of converging flow.

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  • 1Biophotonics Laboratory, Institute of BioScience and Technology, Cranfield University, Silsoe, Bedfordshire MK45 4DT, UK.


The experimental methods of Doppler optical coherence tomography are applied for two-dimensional flow mapping of highly scattering fluid in flow with complex geometry. Converging flow (die entry) is used to demonstrate non-invasive methods to map varying velocity profiles before and after the entry. Complex geometry flow is scanned with approximately 10 x 10 x 10 microm3 spatial resolution. Structural images of the phantom and specific velocity images are demonstrated. A variety of velocity profiles have been obtained before and after the entry. Concave, blunted, parabolic and triangular profiles are obtained at different distances after the entry. Application of the technique to the study of blood circulation is discussed.

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