Recent Advances in Optical Coherence Tomography for the Diagnoses of Lung Disorders

Randy Hou; Tho Le; Septimiu D Murgu; Zhongping Chen; Matt Brenner

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Expert Rev Resp Med. 2011;5(5):711-724. 

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Five-year View

Optical coherence tomography will likely progress in a number of directions over the next 5 years, including dramatically increased sampling acquisition rates, development of ultrafast and aOCT, and most importantly, multimodality imaging. Through the use of multimodality imaging, the inherent limitations of individual optical technologies and regimes can be overcome by use of complementary technologies. Such approaches are likely to involve combined modality imaging with such technologies as ultrasound, reflectance spectroscopy, diffuse optical spectroscopy, optoacoustics, as well as confocal, nonlinear and multiphoton endoscopy. Methods for increasing endogenous and exogenous contrast, coupled with the technology advances will likely position OCT into clinically valuable roles in airway and pulmonary research and diagnostics.

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