Chapter 20 Optical Coherence Tomography for the Characterization of Micro-Parts and -Structures

David Stifter

Introduction

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) was presented in 1991 for the first time as a powerful technique for applications in the field of medical diagnostics [1]. It was demonstrated that with OCT high resolution cross-sectional images of biological tissue can be obtained in a contactless and non-invasive way. The investigation of retinal diseases, such as glaucoma, belonged to the first applications, with a main consequence being that commercial retinal OCT scanners are already available and used in eye clinics and hospitals. The OCT method has been further refined in the meantime and a multitude of new developments and extensions ...

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