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J Biomed Opt. 2007 Jul-Aug;12(4):041211.

Three-dimensional optical coherence tomography at 1050 nm versus 800 nm in retinal pathologies: enhanced performance and choroidal penetration in cataract patients.

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Cardiff University, School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Biomedical Imaging Group, Cardiff, Wales, CF24 4LU, United Kingdom.


Frequency domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT), based on an all-reflective high-speed InGaAs spectrometer, operating in the 1050 nm wavelength region for retinal diagnostics, enables high-speed, volumetric imaging of retinal pathologies with greater penetration into choroidal tissue is compared to conventional 800 nm three-dimensional (3-D) ophthalmic FD-OCT systems. Furthermore, the lower scattering at this wavelength significantly improves imaging performance in cataract patients, thereby widening the clinical applicability of ophthalmic OCT. The clinical performance of two spectrometer-based ophthalmic 3-D OCT systems compared in respect to their clinical performance, one operating at 800 nm with 150 nm bandwidth (approximately 3 microm effective axial resolution) and the other at 1050 nm with 70 nm bandwidth (approximately 7 microm effective axial resolution). Results achieved with 3-D OCT at 1050 nm reveal, for the first time, decisive improvements in image quality for patients with retinal pathologies and clinically significant cataract.

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