Abstract

Nondestructive methods were used to evaluate marketed fiber-optic endoscopes (intended for simple viewing) for fluorescence recording. Our application is for optical recording from the heart. For one angioscope, we measured a focal length of 0.33 mm, a field of view of 45°, an aperture of 0.26 mm, and an efficiency of 43%. We calculated that the angioscope would give a signal-to-noise ratio of 1.0 for a cardiac action potential, if its field of view were divided into a nine-pixel array (for safe continuous illumination). Our methods are useful in designing and evaluating fluorescence fiber-optic systems with superior signal quality and spatial resolution.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

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