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.

dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.001715, hdl.handle.net/1765/63109
Optics Letters
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Wang, T, Wieser, W, Springeling, T, Beurskens, R, Lancée, C.T, Pfeiffer, A.F.H, … van Soest, G. (2013). Intravascular optical coherence tomography imaging at 3200 frames per second. Optics Letters, 38(10), 1715–1717. doi:10.1364/OL.38.001715