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A method and apparatus for performing optical imaging on a sample wherein longitudinal scanning or positioning in the sample is provided by either varying relative optical path lengths for an optical path leading to the sample and to a reference reflector, or by varying an optical characteristic of the output from an optical source applied to the apparatus. Transverse scanning in one or two dimensions is provided on the sample by providing controlled relative movement between the sample and a probe module in such direction and/or by steering optical radiation in the probe module to a selected transverse position. The probe module may be an external module or may be an endoscope or angioscope utilized for scanning internal channels. Multiple optical paths may be provided for parallel scanning and focus may be enhanced by varying the focal point in the sample in synchronism with longitudinal scanning of the sample.

Title
Method and apparatus for optical imaging with means for controlling the longitudinal range of the sample
Application Number
692877
Publication Number
5321501
Application Date
April 29, 1992
Publication Date
June 14, 1994
Inventor
Joel S Schuman
Wayland
MA, US
Charles P Lin
Somerville
MA, US
Carmen A Puliafito
Weston
MA, US
James G Fujimoto
Cambridge
MA, US
David Huang
Cambridge
MA, US
Eric A Swanson
Acton
MA, US
Agent
Wolf Greenfield & Sacks
Assignee
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MA, US
IPC
G01B 9/02
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