Abstract

Optical coherence elastography (OCE) is an emerging imaging modality for the assessment of mechanical properties in soft tissues. Transverse shear wave measurements using OCE can quantify the elastic moduli perpendicular to the force direction, however, missing the elastic information along the force direction. In this study, we developed coaxial excitation longitudinal shear wave measurements for quantification of elastic moduli along the force direction using M-scans. Incorporating Rayleigh wave measurements using non-coaxial lateral scans into longitudinal shear wave measurements, directionally dependent elastic properties can be quantified along the force direction and perpendicular to the force direction. Therefore, the reported system has the capability to image elasticity of anisotropic biological tissues.

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