Abstract

There exists an unmet need for an optical coherence tomography (OCT) delivery scheme that is simple, robust, and applicable to general surgical applications. To deliver the beam in a narrow form factor, optical borescopes present an attractive potential solution. We present a method for enabling endoscopic delivery of OCT using a handheld rigid borescope adapted to a low-cost OCT engine. The system reduces the distal profile of the scanner, enabling application of the system in otherwise hard-to-access regions. The clinical potential of this design is demonstrated through real-time quantification of articular cartilage thickness, a primary biomarker of joint health during osteoarthritis. This platform has the potential to enable use of OCT for real-time feedback during arthroscopic surgery.

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