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EPSRC Reference: GR/S18120/01
Title: Adaptive Optics Assisted Optical Coherence Tomography for Retinal Imaging
Principal Investigator: Podoleanu, Professor A
Other Investigators:
Solomon, Dr CJ Jackson, Professor D
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Professor JC Dainty
Project Partners:
Institute of Ophthalmology London National University of Ireland (NUI)
Department: Sch of Physical Sciences
Organisation: University of Kent
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 15 August 2003 Ends: 14 November 2006 Value (£): 196,659
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Med.Instrument.Device& Equip.
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Healthcare
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The research will evaluate the compatibility of two technologies, namely Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and Adaptive Optics (AO) applied to the eye. If such compatibility can be established, then an instrument incorporating both techniques could provide images of the eye fundus with much improved depth and transversal resolution than the existing instruments. The overall aim of this research proposal is to develop a new imaging system for the eye combining the principles of OCT and AO to enhance the imaging quality of the OCT system. The research will be centred around a complete functional dual channel OCT/confocal imaging system for the retina, installed on a chin rest developed during previous and current research in the group. An existing system will be redesigned to allow for the incorporation of a phase modulator in the OCT channel and for AO elements such as a Shack-Hartman wave-front sensor and of a wave-front corrector. The AO elements and systems will be assembled, tested and finally incorporated into the system. The mutual interaction between the OCT and the AO elements will be assessed along with the performances of the two channels. This will enable protocols to be devised for the operation of the dual channel OCT/confocal instrument in such a way to make the most of benefits gained by incorporating the AO elements.
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