Algorithm and software for field distortion correction in a commercial SD-OCT for corneal curvature assessment

Maron Dolling, Lara Buhl, Reginald Birngruber, Gereon Hüttmann, Hinnerk Schulz-Hildebrandt


Accurate assessment of corneal curvatures using frequency domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) with galvanometer scanners remains challenging due to the well-known scan field distortion. This paper presents an algorithm and software for correcting the distortion using only two simple measurements in which a readily available standard sphere is positioned in different depths in front of the OCT scanner. This offers a highly accessible and easily reproducible method for the field distortion correction (FDC). The correction was validated by measuring different spherical phantoms and conducting corneal curvature measurements of ex vivo porcine corneas using a commercial spectral-domain OCT system and a clinically approved swept-source OCT as a reference instrument. Thus, the error in radius measurements of spherical phantoms was reduced by gt;90% and astigmatism by gt;80 the error in astigmatism measurements with the Telesto was reduced by 750.4% from the Anterion. This paper describes a correction algorithm for OCT immanent distortion that is applicable to any scanning OCT setup and enables precise corneal curvature measurements. The MATLAB software for the FDC is publicly available on GitHub.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAppl. Opt.
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)2694-2703
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 01.04.2024

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