Direct en-face, speckle-reduced images using angular-compounded MS-OCT

by René Říha and Manuel Jorge Marques and Michael R Hughes and Adrian Bradu and Adrian Podoleanu Journal of Optics, 10.1088/2040-8986/ab8285 2020 In this paper, an angular compounding method to achieve speckle contrast reduction in optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging is explored in detail. The angular compounding approach involves collecting multiple images at different angles … Read more Direct en-face, speckle-reduced images using angular-compounded MS-OCT

Speckle variance OCT for depth resolved assessment of the viability of bovine embryos

The morphology of embryos produced by in vitro fertilization (IVF) is commonly used to estimate their viability. However, imaging by standard microscopy is subjective and unable to assess the embryo on a cellular scale after compaction. Optical coherence tomography is an imaging technique that can produce a depth-resolved profile of a sample and can be coupled with speckle variance (SV) to detect motion on a micron scale. In this study, day 7 post-IVF bovine embryos were observed either short-term (10 minutes) or long-term (over 18 hours) and analysed by swept source OCT and SV to resolve their depth profile and characterize micron-scale movements potentially associated with viability. The percentage of en-face images showing movement at any given time was calculated as a method to detect the vital status of the embryo. This method could be used to measure the levels of damage sustained by an embryo, for example after cryopreservation, in a rapid and non-invasive way.