Flexible, high-resolution micro-optical coherence tomography endobronchial probe toward in vivo imaging of cilia

Academic Article


  • We report the design and fabrication of a flexible, longitudinally scanning high-resolution micro-optical coherence tomography (μOCT) endobronchial probe, optimized for micro-anatomical imaging in airways. The 2.4 mm diameter and flexibility of the probe allows it to be inserted into the instrument channel of a standard bronchoscope, enabling real-time video guidance of probe placement. To generate a depth-of-focus enhancing annular beam, we utilized a new fabrication method, whereby a hollow glass ferrule was angle-polished and gold-coated to produce an elongated annular reflector. We present validation data that verifies the preservation of linear scanning, despite the use of flexible materials. When utilized on excised, cultured mouse trachea, the probe acquired images of comparable quality to those obtained by a benchtop μOCT system.
  • Published In

  • Optics Letters  Journal
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Author List

  • Cui D; Chu KK; Yin B; Ford TN; Hyun C; Leung HM; Gardecki JA; Solomon GM; Birket SE; Liu L
  • Start Page

  • 867
  • End Page

  • 870
  • Volume

  • 42
  • Issue

  • 4