Abstract

Virtual tissues (phantoms) are widely used for performance evaluation of imaging systems. Specific design of the phantom is necessary for the correct assessment of a system’s parameters. In an effort to reduce the amount of time and energy spent making application-oriented phantoms, we describe procedures to make epoxy-resin solid phantoms based on Mie scattering theory, with two different scatterers: polystyrene and gold microspheres. The phantoms are specifically designed to be used in two applications: (a) the gold microspheres solid phantoms are used to estimate the point-spread function (PSF) of an optical coherence tomography (OCT) system, and (b) the polystyrene solid phantom are used to evaluate the performance of an OCT-images optical properties extraction (OPE) algorithm. Phantoms with differing combination of materials have been tested to achieve the most suitable combination for producing an accurate PSF for application (a) and a valid evaluation/parameter optimization of the algorithm in application (b). An en face time-domain dynamic focus OCT is used for imaging.

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