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Opt Lett. 2004 Jun 1;29(11):1236-8.

In vivo endoscopic optical coherence tomography by use of a rotational microelectromechanical system probe.

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  • 1Department of Biomedical Engineering and Beckman Laser Institute, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California 92612, USA.


A novel endoscopic optical coherence tomography probe was designed and constructed with a 1.9-mm microelectromechanical system (MEMS) motor. The new MEMS endoscopic probe design eliminates the need to couple the rotational energy from the proximal to the distal end of the probe. Furthermore, the endoscopic probe's sheath and fiber have the advantages of having a much smaller diameter and being more flexible than traditional endoscopes since no reinforcement is needed to couple the rotational torque. At the distal end, a prism mounted on a micromotor deflects the light rays to create a transverse circular-scanning pathway. Because our MEMS scanner does not require the coupling of a rotational single-mode fiber, a high scanning speed is possible while eliminating unstable optical signals caused by nonuniform coupling.

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