Intravascular optical coherence tomography imaging at 3200 frames per second

Tianshi Wang*, Wolfgang Wieser, Geert Springeling, Robert Beurskens, Charles T. Lancee, Tom Pfeiffer, Antonius F W Van Der Steen, Robert Huber, Gijs Van Soest

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We demonstrate intravascular optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging with frame rate up to 3.2 kHz (192,000 rpm scanning). This was achieved by using a custom-built catheter in which the circumferential scanning was actuated by a 1.0 mm diameter synchronous motor. The OCT system, with an imaging depth of 3.7 mm (in air), is based on a Fourier domain mode locked laser operating at an A-line rate of 1.6 MHz. The diameter of the catheter is 1.1 mm at the tip. Ex vivo images of human coronary artery (78.4 mm length) were acquired at a pullback speed of 100 mm/s. True 3D volumetric imaging of the entire artery, with dense and isotropic sampling in all dimensions, was performed in <1 second acquisition time.

Original languageEnglish
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)1715-1717
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 15.05.2013


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