Abstract

Optical microangiography (OMAG) is a method that enables the noninvasive extraction of blood vessels within biological tissues. OMAG B-frames are prone to noise; therefore, techniques such as B-frame averaging have been applied to reduce these effects. A drawback of this method is that the total acquisition time and amount of data collected are increased; hence, the data are susceptible to motion artifacts and decorrelation. In this paper we propose using an image filter on a nonaveraged OMAG B-frame to reduce its noise. Consequently, B-frames comparable to the averaged OMAG B-frame are obtained, while reducing the total acquisition and processing time. The method is tested with two different systems, a high-resolution spectral domain and a relatively low-resolution swept-source optical coherence tomography system. It is demonstrated that the weighted average filter produces the lowest B-frame error; however, all filters produce comparable results when quantifying the en face projection view image.

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