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Opt Lett. 1996 Sep 1;21(17):1408-10.

Rapid acquisition of in vivo biological images by use of optical coherence tomography.


The development of techniques for high-speed image acquisition in optical coherence tomography (OCT) systems is essential for suppressing motion artifacts when one is imaging living systems. We describe a new OCT system for performing micrometer-scale, cross-sectional optical imaging at four images/s. To achieve OCT image-acquisition times of less than 1 s, we use a piezoelectric fiber stretcher to vary the reference arm delay. A Kerr-lens mode-locked chromium-doped forsterite laser is employed as the low-coherence source for the highspeed OCT system. Dynamic, motion-artifact-free in vivo imaging of a beating Xenopus laevis (African frog) heart is demonstrated.


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