We demonstrate large-area robotically assisted optical coherence tomography (LARA-OCT), utilizing a seven-degree-of-freedom robotic arm in conjunction with a 3.3 MHz swept-source OCT to raster scan samples of arbitrary shape. By combining multiple fields of view (FOV), LARA-OCT can probe a much larger area than conventional OCT. Also, nonplanar and curved surfaces like skin on arms and legs can be probed. The lenses in the LARA-OCT scanner with their normal FOV can have fewer aberrations and less complex optics compared to a single wide field design. This may be especially critical for high resolution scans. We directly use our fast MHz-OCT for tracking and stitching, making additional machine vision systems like cameras, positioning, tracking or navigation devices obsolete. This also eliminates the need for complex coordinate system registration between OCT and the machine vision system. We implemented a real time probe-to-surface control that maintains the probe alignment orthogonal to the sample by only using surface information from the OCT images. We present OCT data sets with volume sizes of 140 × 170 × 20 mm 3, captured in 2.5 minutes.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBiomed. Opt. Express
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)3993-4009
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 01.06.2024

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