Abstract

Various layers of the retina are well known to alter the polarization state of light. Such changes in polarization may be a sensitive indicator of tissue structure and function, and as such have gained increased clinical attention. Here we demonstrate a polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) system that incorporates adaptive optics (AO) in the sample arm and a single line scan camera in the detection arm. We quantify the benefit of AO for PS-OCT in terms of signal-to-noise, lateral resolution, and speckle size. Double pass phase retardation per unit depth values ranging from 0.25°/μm to 0.65°/μm were found in the birefringent nerve fiber layer at 6° eccentricity, superior to the fovea, with the highest values being noticeably higher than previously reported with PS-OCT around the optic nerve head. Moreover, fast axis orientation and degree of polarization uniformity measurements made with AO-PS-OCT demonstrate polarization scrambling in the retinal pigment epithelium at the highest resolution reported to date.

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2008

E. Götzinger, M. Pircher, B. Baumann, C. Hirn, C. Vass, and C. K. Hitzenberger, “Retinal nerve fiber layer birefringence evaluated with polarization sensitive spectral domain OCT and scanning laser polarimetry: A comparison,” J. Biophoton. 1(2), 129–139 (2008).
[CrossRef]

M. Yamanari, M. Miura, S. Makita, T. Yatagai, and Y. Yasuno, “Phase retardation measurement of retinal nerve fiber layer by polarization-sensitive spectral-domain optical coherence tomography and scanning laser polarimetry,” J. Biomed. Opt. 13(1), 10 (2008).
[CrossRef]

W. H. Gao, B. Cense, Y. Zhang, R. S. Jonnal, and D. T. Miller, “Measuring retinal contributions to the optical Stiles-Crawford effect with optical coherence tomography,” Opt. Express 16(9), 6486–6501 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2007

2006

M. Pircher, E. Götzinger, O. Findl, S. Michels, W. Geitzenauer, C. Leydolt, U. Schmidt-Erfurth, and C. K. Hitzenberger, “Human macula investigated in vivo with polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography,” Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 47(12), 5487–5494 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2005

2004

N. A. Nassif, B. Cense, B. H. Park, M. C. Pierce, S. H. Yun, B. E. Bouma, G. J. Tearney, T. C. Chen, and J. F. de Boer, “In vivo high-resolution video-rate spectral-domain optical coherence tomography of the human retina and optic nerve,” Opt. Express 12(3), 367–376 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

N. Nassif, B. Cense, B. H. Park, S. H. Yun, T. C. Chen, B. E. Bouma, G. J. Tearney, and J. F. de Boer, “In vivo human retinal imaging by ultrahigh-speed spectral domain optical coherence tomography,” Opt. Lett. 29(5), 480–482 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. H. Park, M. C. Pierce, B. Cense, and J. F. de Boer, “Jones matrix analysis for a polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography system using fiber-optic components,” Opt. Lett. 29(21), 2512–2514 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Pircher, E. Götzinger, R. Leitgeb, H. Sattmann, O. Findl, and C. K. Hitzenberger, “Imaging of polarization properties of human retina in vivo with phase resolved transversal PS-OCT,” Opt. Express 12(24), 5940–5951 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

X. R. Huang, H. Bagga, D. S. Greenfield, and R. W. Knighton, “Variation of peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer birefringence in normal human subjects,” Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 45(9), 3073–3080 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Pircher, E. Goetzinger, R. Leitgeb, and C. K. Hitzenberger, “Transversal phase resolved polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography,” Phys. Med. Biol. 49(7), 1257–1263 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. Cense, T. C. Chen, B. H. Park, M. C. Pierce, and J. F. de Boer, “In vivo birefringence and thickness measurements of the human retinal nerve fiber layer using polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography,” J. Biomed. Opt. 9(1), 121–125 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. Cense, T. C. Chen, B. H. Park, M. C. Pierce, and J. F. de Boer, “Thickness and birefringence of healthy retinal nerve fiber layer tissue measured with polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography,” Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 45(8), 2606–2612 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. A. Medeiros, L. M. Zangwill, C. Bowd, and R. N. Weinreb, “Comparison of the GDx VCC scanning laser polarimeter, HRT II confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscope, and stratus OCT optical coherence tomograph for the detection of glaucoma,” Arch. Ophthalmol. 122(6), 827–837 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2003

2002

2001

B. H. Park, C. Saxer, S. M. Srinivas, J. S. Nelson, and J. F. de Boer, “In vivo burn depth determination by high-speed fiber-based polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography,” J. Biomed. Opt. 6(4), 474–479 (2001).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

C. K. Hitzenberger, E. Goetzinger, M. Sticker, M. Pircher, and A. F. Fercher, “Measurement and imaging of birefringence and optic axis orientation by phase resolved polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography,” Opt. Express 9(13), 780–790 (2001).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2000

1999

1997

1991

D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flotte, K. Gregory, C. A. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, “Optical coherence tomography,” Science 254(5035), 1178–1181 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1983

T. E. Ogden, “Nerve fiber layer of the primate retina: thickness and glial content,” Vision Res. 23(6), 581–587 (1983).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1982

H. A. Quigley, E. M. Addicks, and W. R. Green, “Optic nerve damage in human glaucoma. III. Quantitative correlation of nerve fiber loss and visual field defect in glaucoma, ischemic neuropathy, papilledema, and toxic neuropathy,” Arch. Ophthalmol. 100(1), 135–146 (1982).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1965

Addicks, E. M.

H. A. Quigley, E. M. Addicks, and W. R. Green, “Optic nerve damage in human glaucoma. III. Quantitative correlation of nerve fiber loss and visual field defect in glaucoma, ischemic neuropathy, papilledema, and toxic neuropathy,” Arch. Ophthalmol. 100(1), 135–146 (1982).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Ahlers, C.

Akiba, M.

Bagga, H.

X. R. Huang, H. Bagga, D. S. Greenfield, and R. W. Knighton, “Variation of peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer birefringence in normal human subjects,” Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 45(9), 3073–3080 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Bajraszewski, T.

M. Wojtkowski, R. Leitgeb, A. Kowalczyk, T. Bajraszewski, and A. F. Fercher, “In vivo human retinal imaging by Fourier domain optical coherence tomography,” J. Biomed. Opt. 7(3), 457–463 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Baumann, B.

E. Götzinger, M. Pircher, W. Geitzenauer, C. Ahlers, B. Baumann, S. Michels, U. Schmidt-Erfurth, and C. K. Hitzenberger, “Retinal pigment epithelium segmentation by polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography,” Opt. Express 16(21), 16410–16422 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

E. Götzinger, M. Pircher, B. Baumann, C. Hirn, C. Vass, and C. K. Hitzenberger, “Retinal nerve fiber layer birefringence evaluated with polarization sensitive spectral domain OCT and scanning laser polarimetry: A comparison,” J. Biophoton. 1(2), 129–139 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Bouma, B. E.

Bowd, C.

F. A. Medeiros, L. M. Zangwill, C. Bowd, and R. N. Weinreb, “Comparison of the GDx VCC scanning laser polarimeter, HRT II confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscope, and stratus OCT optical coherence tomograph for the detection of glaucoma,” Arch. Ophthalmol. 122(6), 827–837 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Bower, B. A.

Bradley, A.

Brown, J. M.

Campbell, F. W.

Cense, B.

B. Cense, E. Koperda, J. M. Brown, O. P. Kocaoglu, W. Gao, R. S. Jonnal, and D. T. Miller, “Volumetric retinal imaging with ultrahigh-resolution spectral-domain optical coherence tomography and adaptive optics using two broadband light sources,” Opt. Express 17(5), 4095–4111 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

W. H. Gao, B. Cense, Y. Zhang, R. S. Jonnal, and D. T. Miller, “Measuring retinal contributions to the optical Stiles-Crawford effect with optical coherence tomography,” Opt. Express 16(9), 6486–6501 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Mujat, B. H. Park, B. Cense, T. C. Chen, and J. F. de Boer, “Autocalibration of spectral-domain optical coherence tomography spectrometers for in vivo quantitative retinal nerve fiber layer birefringence determination,” J. Biomed. Opt. 12(4), 041205 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. Cense, M. Mujat, T. C. Chen, B. H. Park, and J. F. de Boer, “Polarization-sensitive spectral-domain optical coherence tomography using a single line scan camera,” Opt. Express 15(5), 2421–2431 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Y. Zhang, B. Cense, J. Rha, R. S. Jonnal, W. Gao, R. J. Zawadzki, J. S. Werner, S. Jones, S. Olivier, and D. T. Miller, “High-speed volumetric imaging of cone photoreceptors with adaptive optics spectral-domain optical coherence tomography,” Opt. Express 14(10), 4380–4394 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. H. Park, M. C. Pierce, B. Cense, and J. F. de Boer, “Optic axis determination accuracy for fiber-based polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography,” Opt. Lett. 30(19), 2587–2589 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. H. Park, M. C. Pierce, B. Cense, S. H. Yun, M. Mujat, G. J. Tearney, B. E. Bouma, and J. F. de Boer, “Real-time fiber-based multi-functional spectral-domain optical coherence tomography at 1.3 microm,” Opt. Express 13(11), 3931–3944 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

N. A. Nassif, B. Cense, B. H. Park, M. C. Pierce, S. H. Yun, B. E. Bouma, G. J. Tearney, T. C. Chen, and J. F. de Boer, “In vivo high-resolution video-rate spectral-domain optical coherence tomography of the human retina and optic nerve,” Opt. Express 12(3), 367–376 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. Cense, T. C. Chen, B. H. Park, M. C. Pierce, and J. F. de Boer, “Thickness and birefringence of healthy retinal nerve fiber layer tissue measured with polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography,” Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 45(8), 2606–2612 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. Cense, T. C. Chen, B. H. Park, M. C. Pierce, and J. F. de Boer, “In vivo birefringence and thickness measurements of the human retinal nerve fiber layer using polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography,” J. Biomed. Opt. 9(1), 121–125 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. H. Park, M. C. Pierce, B. Cense, and J. F. de Boer, “Jones matrix analysis for a polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography system using fiber-optic components,” Opt. Lett. 29(21), 2512–2514 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

N. Nassif, B. Cense, B. H. Park, S. H. Yun, T. C. Chen, B. E. Bouma, G. J. Tearney, and J. F. de Boer, “In vivo human retinal imaging by ultrahigh-speed spectral domain optical coherence tomography,” Opt. Lett. 29(5), 480–482 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. H. Park, M. C. Pierce, B. Cense, and J. F. de Boer, “Real-time multi-functional optical coherence tomography,” Opt. Express 11(7), 782–793 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. Cense, T. C. Chen, B. H. Park, M. C. Pierce, and J. F. de Boer, “Invivo depth-resolved birefringence measurements of the human retinal nerve fiber layer by polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography,” Opt. Lett. 27(18), 1610–1612 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Chang, W.

D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flotte, K. Gregory, C. A. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, “Optical coherence tomography,” Science 254(5035), 1178–1181 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Chen, T. C.

M. Mujat, B. H. Park, B. Cense, T. C. Chen, and J. F. de Boer, “Autocalibration of spectral-domain optical coherence tomography spectrometers for in vivo quantitative retinal nerve fiber layer birefringence determination,” J. Biomed. Opt. 12(4), 041205 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. Cense, M. Mujat, T. C. Chen, B. H. Park, and J. F. de Boer, “Polarization-sensitive spectral-domain optical coherence tomography using a single line scan camera,” Opt. Express 15(5), 2421–2431 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

N. Nassif, B. Cense, B. H. Park, S. H. Yun, T. C. Chen, B. E. Bouma, G. J. Tearney, and J. F. de Boer, “In vivo human retinal imaging by ultrahigh-speed spectral domain optical coherence tomography,” Opt. Lett. 29(5), 480–482 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. Cense, T. C. Chen, B. H. Park, M. C. Pierce, and J. F. de Boer, “In vivo birefringence and thickness measurements of the human retinal nerve fiber layer using polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography,” J. Biomed. Opt. 9(1), 121–125 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. Cense, T. C. Chen, B. H. Park, M. C. Pierce, and J. F. de Boer, “Thickness and birefringence of healthy retinal nerve fiber layer tissue measured with polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography,” Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 45(8), 2606–2612 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

N. A. Nassif, B. Cense, B. H. Park, M. C. Pierce, S. H. Yun, B. E. Bouma, G. J. Tearney, T. C. Chen, and J. F. de Boer, “In vivo high-resolution video-rate spectral-domain optical coherence tomography of the human retina and optic nerve,” Opt. Express 12(3), 367–376 (2004).
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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Setup for polarization-sensitive OCT with AO. SLD: superluminescent diode; I: isolator; M: polarization modulator; P1- P4: pellicle beam splitters; ph: pinhole; P/R: relevant pupil and retinal planes. A 5x beam expander could be positioned in the beam path to reduce the beam width to 1.2 mm.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

OCT retinal image (top left), RMS of residual wavefront aberrations & Strehl ratio (top right), point spread function (bottom left) and residual wavefront aberrations (bottom right) as a function of time. Prior to AO compensation, the OCT image is dim and of poor quality, and the Strehl ratio is low. Note that not all centroids of the SHWS were measurable during the first ~3 seconds as the large aberrations (primarily from −4.75 D of sphere corresponding to a wavefront RMS of approximately 3.5 μm RMS) were beyond the dynamic range of the sensor. As such, the reported residual wavefront RMS, Strehl ratio and corrected PSF overestimate actual image quality during this interval, which is demarcated by the yellow background in the upper right panel. Using the AOptix mirror, both the OCT image quality and the Strehl ratio improve, and the diffraction limit (Strehl > 0.8) is reached when the loop for the BMC deformable mirror is closed. (Media 1)

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Fig. 3

Intensity (top) and corresponding double pass phase retardation (bottom) images taken at 1 degree eccentricity, without (left, 1.2 mm beam (Media 2)) and with (right, 6.0 mm beam (Media 3)) AO. The right image was taken with the focus of the AOptix mirror near the inner plexiform layer. Data was scaled in the vertical direction assuming an index of refraction of 1.38 and scale bars indicate a length of 100 μm. The intensity displays 42 dB of signal above the noise floor (white) encoded over 256 gray values. The cumulative double pass phase retardation images are color coded over 90 degrees, with blue representing 0° and red representing 90°. By clicking on the images, a movie covering ~4.4 s of data acquisition will be shown. The Stokes vectors were moving averaged over 2 × 2 pixels, corresponding to 2 µm × 7 µm, to reduce the influence of speckle noise. In the intensity images, the size of the red block (follow green arrow) represents the footprint (width × depth) of the AO-OCT point spread function at the plane of focus as well as the mean speckle size throughout the entire retina. In the DPPR image, the red block represents the 2 µm × 7 µm averaging kernel.

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Fig. 4

Upper left: B-scan of 1000 A-scans taken with a 1.2 mm beam. Upper right: three dimensional autocorrelation plot of the area demarcated by a thin black line in the B-scan. Middle left: B-scan of 1000 A-scans taken with a 6.0 mm beam and AO. Only the upper retinal layers were included in the analysis, because the autocorrelation algorithm was sensitive to abrupt changes in intensity. Focus of the AOptix mirror for the bottom image was near the outer plexiform layer. The three dimensional autocorrelation plot of the demarcated area in the B-scan is given in the middle right image. The autocorrelation plots for a 1.2 mm and 6.0 mm beam are shown in the bottom graph.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Intensity (top left) and cumulative double pass phase retardation (bottom left) obtained with AO-PS-OCT. 3° B-scan bisects the nasal/temporal retina with the left and right edges at 4.5° and 7.5° superior of the foveal center, respectively. RNFL birefringence causes the cumulative double pass phase retardation to increase from 0° (dark blue) to approximately 30° (light blue / green) over a depth of less than 50 μm. The red and blue arrows point to RNFL regions that exhibit high and low birefringence, respectively. Distance between these regions of extreme RNFL birefringence is just 200 μm. The black arrow points to a 70 μm wide small blood vessel that was identified as arterial. Large changes in phase retardation spanning more than 50° is evident in the RPE and is suggestive of rapid changes in fast axis orientation associated with polarization scrambling. In the intensity image, the size of the red block (follow green arrow) represents the footprint (width × depth) of the AO-OCT point spread function at the plane of focus as well as the mean speckle size throughout the entire retina. In the DPPR image, the red block represents the 14 µm × 14 µm averaging kernel. Data was scaled in the vertical direction assuming an index of refraction of 1.38 and scale bars indicate a length of 100 μm. The two plots on the right show data that encompasses the blood vessel (a) and data that was taken next to the vessel (b). The relative intensity and DPPR are plotted as a function of depth, with least squares fits going through DPPR data that is estimated to belong to the RNFL.

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Fig. 6

RNFL thickness (open black squares) and DPPR/UD (blue squares) as a function of lateral position in the B-scan of Fig. 5. Thickness and DPPR/UD were averaged over 10 data sets with error bars representing the standard deviation across the sets. Distances of 0 μm and 900 μm correspond to 4.5° and 7.5° superior of the fovea, respectively. The DPPR/UD spike of ~1°/μm originates from tissue close to a small vessel.

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Fig. 7

Top - intensity, DOPU (color coded from 0 (blue) to 1 (red)) and thresholded DOPU overlaid on intensity image of the retina. The data was taken at 1° eccentricity. Bottom - retardation (encoded over 50°), standard deviation of the fast axis orientation (encoded over 10°), and a thresholded standard deviation fast axis image overlaid on the intensity image.

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Table 1 Comparison of the speckle width predicted by theory and measured experimentally for 1.2 and 6.0 mm pupils.

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