Abstract

A method for performing miniature endoscopy with a high number of resolvable points is presented. This approach, spectrally encoded endoscopy (SEE), uses a broad-bandwidth light source and a diffraction grating to simultaneously detected the reflectivity at multiple points along a transverse line within the sample. As opposed to images from miniature optical fiber bundle endoscopes, the number of resolvable points in SEE images is dependent on the spectral width and the groove density of the diffraction grating. We acquired images of a human finger in vivo, using a 550µm-diameter SEE system to demonstrate the feasibility of this technique.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

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