In vivo anterior segment imaging in the rat eye with high speed white light full-field optical coherence tomography

Opt Express. 2005 Aug 8;13(16):6286-95. doi: 10.1364/opex.13.006286.


We present a new high speed full-field optical coherence tomography (OCT) instrument, the first full-field OCT system that is capable of in vivo ocular imaging. An isotropic resolution of ~ 1 mum is achieved thanks to the use of a xenon arc lamp source and relatively high numerical aperture microscope objectives in a Linnik-type interferometer. Full-field illumination allows the capture of two-dimensional en face images in parallel, using a fast CMOS camera as detector array. Each en face image is acquired in a 4 ms period, at a maximum repetition rate of 250 Hz. Detection sensitivity per en face image is 71 dB. Higher sensitivity can be achieved by image correlation and averaging, although frame rate is reduced. We present the first preliminary results of in vivo imaging in the anterior segment of the rat eye, which reveal some cellular features in the corneal layers.