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Internal limiting membrane layer visualization and vitreoretinal surgery guidance using a common-path OCT integrated microsurgical tool

[+] Author Affiliations
Xuan Liu, Eric Meisne, Jae-Ho Han, Kang Zhang, Russell Taylor, Jin U. Kang

The Johns Hopkins Univ. (USA)

Peter Gehlbach

Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Medicine (USA)

Proc. SPIE 7550, Ophthalmic Technologies XX, 755003 (March 02, 2010); doi:10.1117/12.840976
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  • Ophthalmic Technologies XX
  • Fabrice Manns; Per G. Söderberg; Arthur Ho
  • San Francisco, California | January 23, 2010

abstract

Contemporary retinal microsurgery is performed by skilled surgeons through operating microscopes, utilizing free hand techniques and manually operated micro-instruments. One technically challenging procedure is the incising and peeling of the internal limiting membrane (ILM) while minimizing damage to the underlying retina. One strategy for minimizing damage is to improve visualization of the ILM layer. Here we present a preliminary evaluation of a prototype tool that integrates an ultra high resolution Fourier domain common path Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) with an intelligent microsurgical instrument. The tool provides OCT guided visualization of the ILM layer at the point of tissue contact by the surgical tool. We have evaluated the imaging properties of the common path OCT system. The common path OCT system used in this study has a maximum imaging depth of 1.3mm and a sensitivity of 91dB. We have achieved an experimental axial resolution of 3μm in air and this appears to be sufficient to both identify the ILM and to perform surgical maneuvers. We scanned the single mode fiber probe using an intelligent microsurgical instrument to form B-Mode images. We imaged a porcine eye with both anterior eye segment and the vitreous removed. The image obtained show distinct functional layers of retina.

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Xuan Liu ; Eric Meisne ; Jae-Ho Han ; Kang Zhang ; Peter Gehlbach, et al.
"Internal limiting membrane layer visualization and vitreoretinal surgery guidance using a common-path OCT integrated microsurgical tool", Proc. SPIE 7550, Ophthalmic Technologies XX, 755003 (March 02, 2010); doi:10.1117/12.840976; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.840976


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