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Callisto 930 nm OCT Imaging System
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Choose Components to Build or Customize Your OCT System
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a noninvasive optical imaging technique that produces real-time, 2D cross-sectional and 3D volumetric images of a sample. This technique provides structural information about the sample based on light backscattered from different layers of material within that sample, producing images with micron-level resolution and millimeters of imaging depth. OCT imaging can be considered as an optical analog to ultrasound imaging that achieves higher resolution at the cost of decreased penetration depth. In addition to high resolution, the non-contact, noninvasive nature of OCT makes it well suited for imaging samples such as biological tissue, small animals, and industrial materials.
Thorlabs' Callisto Series of OCT Imaging Systems are designed for high sensitivity and are ideal for imaging static, in vitro samples. The 64-bit software pre-installed on the included computer displays and processes 2D and 3D OCT data in real time. Choose from a number of scanner options including a robust rigid scanner, adjustable scanner, and the portable handheld scanner. Optional accessories are available below to customize your OCT system to meet the requirements of your application. Additionally, Thorlabs offers a complete, preconfigured OCT system for 930 nm based on the components sold on this page.
The components below can also be used to upgrade your existing Thorlabs OCT system with additional features and are fully compatible out of the box with Thorlabs' OCT systems and accessories. While most systems are upgradable, we recommend contacting the OCT Team to determine the optimal solution for your system and intended application.
Click on the Image Below or in the Table to the Right for Details on Customization Options
ThorImage OCT Software Index
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The ThorImage OCT Window in Volume Rendering Mode
ThorImage OCT is high-performance data acquisition software that is included with all Thorlabs Spectral Domain OCT systems. This 64-bit Windows-based software package is capable of data acquisition, processing, scan control, and displaying OCT images. Additionally, NI LabVIEW and C-based Software Development Kits (SDKs) are available, which contain a complete set of libraries for measurement control, data acquisition and processing, as well as storage and display of OCT images. The SDKs provide the means for developing highly specialized OCT imaging software for every individual application.
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Various acquisition parameters can be adjusted in ThorImage OCT.
ThorImage OCT provides numerous scan and acquisition controls. The camera integrated in the probe of our OCT system provides live video images in the application software. Defining the scan line for 2D imaging or the scan area for 3D imaging is accomplished through the easy-to-use "Draw and Scan" feature by clicking on the video image. The scan pattern can also be adjusted by specifying parameters in the controls of the software. Additionally, one can further set processing parameters, averaging parameters, and the speed and sensitivity of the device using device presets. By using a high-speed preset, video-like frame rates in 2D and fast volume rendering in 3D are possible, whereas high-sensitivity acquisition is enabled by choosing a preset with a lower acquisition speed.
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The Dataset Management Window of ThorImage OCT
ThorImage OCT provides advanced dataset management capabilities, which allow opening several datasets simultaneously. Datasets are uniquely defined using an identifier consisting of study (or test series) name and an experiment number. Grouping of datasets is possible using the same study name. The "Captured Datasets" list shows an overview of all open datasets, including the study name, the acquisition mode, and preview pictures of the still video image and the OCT data.
Datasets can be exported in various image formats, such as PNG, BMP, JPEG, PDF, or TIFF. Formats suited for post-processing purposes, such as RAW/SRM, FITS, VTK, VFF, and 32-bit floating-point TIFF, are also supported.
The OCT file format native to ThorImage OCT allows OCT data, sample monitor data, and all relevant metadata to be stored in a single file. ThorImage OCT can also be installed and run on computers without an OCT system installed in order to view data.
Third Party Applications
If ImageJ is installed on the computer with ThorImage OCT installed, opening acquired OCT data in ImageJ is one mouse click away, as shown in the image below. This enables a flawless workflow when requiring the advanced image processing functionality provided by ImageJ. Clicking the Explorer button shown below will open the folder and select the file in Windows Explorer where the currently active dataset is stored.
Different OCT imaging modes can be selected using the mode selector. If the ThorImage OCT software finds a compatible system connected and switched on, all operational modes will be selectable. If no OCT device is present, only the data viewing mode for viewing and exporting OCT data will be available.
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The ThorImage OCT Window in 2D Mode
In the 2D imaging mode the probe beam scans in one direction, thus acquiring cross-sectional OCT images, which are then displayed in real time. Line averaging before or after the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) is available as well as B-Scan averaging. Image display parameters, such as color mapping, can be controlled in this mode. We have also implemented an option for automatic calculation of the optimum contrast and brightness of the displayed OCT images.
In the 3D imaging mode, the OCT probe beam scans sequentially across the sample to collect a series of 2D cross-sectional images, which are then processed to build a 3D image.
In the ThorImage OCT software, 3D volume datasets can be viewed as orthogonal cross-sectional planes (see below) and volume renderings.
The Sectional View features cross-sectional images in all three orthogonal planes, independent of the orientation in which the data was acquired. The view can be rotated as well as zoomed in and out.
The Rendering View provides a volumetric rendering of the acquired volume dataset. This view enables quick 3D visualization of the sample being imaged. Planes of any orientation can be clipped to expose structures within the volume. The 3D image can be zoomed in and out as well as rotated. Furthermore, the coloring and dynamic range settings can be adjusted.
Utilizing the full potential of our high-performance software in combination with our high-speed OCT systems, we have included a Fast Volume Rendering mode in ThorImage OCT, which serves as a preview for high-resolution 3D acquisitions. In this mode, high-speed volume renderings can be displayed in real-time, providing rapid visualization of samples in three dimensions.
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Doppler dataset showing the velocity of a rotated plastic stick.
Doppler OCT imaging comes standard with all OCT systems. In the Doppler mode, phase shifts between adjacent A-scans are averaged to calculate the Doppler frequency shift induced by particle motion or flow. The number of lateral axial pixels can be modified to change velocity sensitivity and resolution during phase shift calculation. The Doppler images are displayed in the main window with a color map indicating forward- or backward-directed flow, relative to the OCT beam.
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Speckle variance measurement showing blood vessels of a hand.
The speckle variance acquisition mode uses the variance of speckle noise to calculate angiographic images. It can be used to visualize three dimensional vessel trees without requiring significant blood flow and without requiring a specific acquisition speed window. The speckle variance data can be overlaid on top of intensity pictures providing morphological information. Different color maps can be used to display the multimodal pictures.
ThorImage OCT and the SDK APIs provide the ability to externally trigger the acquisition of A-Scans. This enables the user to synchronize measurements from different modalities (e.g. vibrometry and synchronized positioning) with an OCT measurement. Synchronization is greatly simplified with all current CameraLink-based Thorlabs OCT systems (a TTL level trigger signal source required). External triggering is available for all imaging modes and can be toggled in the settings dialog in ThorImage OCT.
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Probe Calibration Window in ThorImage OCT
Changing to a different scan lens kit (sold below) will generally require a different probe configuration in order to adapt to changes in the optical parameters of the system. When an additional scan lens is purchased for your Thorlabs OCT scanner system, ThorImage OCT enables you to easily create a fitting configuration for your new scan lens by using the calibration sample shipped with the lens and an intuitive step-by-step calibration process (shown in the image to the right).
In this video, OCT images of a finger are acquired and manipulated in the 3D volume and cross section modes.
Optical Coherence Tomography Tutorial
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a noninvasive optical imaging modality that provides real-time, 1D depth, 2D cross-sectional, and 3D volumetric images with micron-level resolution and millimeters of imaging depth. OCT images consist of structural information from a sample based on light backscattered from different layers of material within the sample. It can provide real-time imaging and is capable of being enhanced using birefringence contrast or functional blood flow imaging with optional extensions to the technology.
Thorlabs has designed a broad range of OCT imaging systems that cover several wavelengths, imaging resolutions, and speeds, while having a compact footprint for easy portability. Also, to increase our ability to provide OCT imaging systems that meet each customer’s unique requirements, we have designed a highly modular technology that can be optimized for varying applications.
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OCT is the optical analog of ultrasound, with the tradeoff being lower imaging depth for significantly higher resolution (see Figure 1). With up to 15 mm imaging range and better than 5 micrometers in axial resolution, OCT fills a niche between ultrasound and confocal microscopy.
In addition to high resolution and greater imaging depth, the non-contact, noninvasive advantage of OCT makes it well suited for imaging samples such as biological tissue, small animals, and materials. Recent advances in OCT have led to a new class of technologies called Fourier Domain OCT, which has enabled high-speed imaging at rates greater than 700,000 lines per second.1
Fourier Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (FD-OCT) is based on low-coherence interferometry, which utilizes the coherent properties of a light source to measure optical path length delays in a sample. In OCT, to obtain cross-sectional images with micron-level resolution, and interferometer is set up to measure optical path length differences between light reflected from the sample and reference arms.
There are two types of FD-OCT systems, each characterized by its light source and detection schemes: Spectral Domain OCT (SD-OCT) and Swept Source OCT (SS-OCT). In both types of systems, light is divided into sample and reference arms of an interferometer setup, as illustrated in Fig 2. SS-OCT uses coherent and narrowband light, whereas SD-OCT systems utilize broadband, low-coherence light sources. Back scattered light, attributed to variations in the index of refraction within a sample, is recoupled into the sample arm fiber and then combined with the light that has traveled a fixed optical path length along the reference arm. A resulting interferogram is measured through the detection arm of the interferometer.
The frequency of the interferogram measured by the sensor is related to depth locations of the reflectors in the sample. As a result, a depth reflectivity profile (A-scan) is produced by taking a Fourier transform of the detected interferogram. 2D cross-sectional images (B-scans) are produced by scanning the OCT sample beam across the sample. As the sample arm beam is scanned across the sample, a series of A-scans are collected to create the 2D image.
Similarly, when the OCT beam is scanned in a second direction, a series of 2D images are collected to produce a 3D volume data set. With FD-OCT, 2D images are collected on a time scale of milliseconds, and 3D images can be collected at rates now below 1 second.
Spectral Domain OCT vs. Swept Source OCT
Spectral Domain and Swept Source OCT systems are based on the same fundamental principle but incorporate different technical approaches for producing the OCT interferogram. SD-OCT systems have no moving parts and therefore have high mechanical stability and low phase noise. Availability of a broad range of line cameras has also enabled development of SD-OCT systems with varying imaging speeds and sensitivities.
SS-OCT systems utilize a frequency swept light source and photodetector to rapidly generate the same type of interferogram. Due to the rapid sweeping of the swept laser source, high peak powers at each discrete wavelength can be used to illuminate the sample to provide greater sensitivity with little risk of optical damage.
FD-OCT Signal Processing
In Fourier Domain OCT, the interferogram is detected as a function of optical frequency. With a fixed optical delay in the reference arm, light reflected from different sample depths produces interference patterns with the different frequency components. A Fourier transform is used to resolve different depth reflections, thereby generating a depth profile of the sample (A-scan).
1V.Jayaraman, J. Jiang, H.Li, P. Heim, G. Cole, B. Potsaid, J. Fujimoto, and A. Cable, "OCT Imaging up to 760 kHz Axial Scan Rate Using Single-Mode 1310 nm MEMs-Tunable VCSELs with 100 nm Tuning Range," CLEO 2011 - Laser Applications to Photonic Applications, paper PDPB2 (2011).
Brochure and Configuration Chart
The buttons below link to PDFs of printable materials and a graphical customization guide for our Callisto Series OCT Systems.
Thorlabs offers a wide variety of OCT Imaging Systems. To assist in narrowing down which OCT system(s) is best suited for your application, we have provided the guide below. We always encourage all customers to contact us to discuss specific imaging requirements.
The imaging performance of any OCT system is largely dependent on the design and components incorporated into the base unit. All of
Thorlabs' CAL930V1-BU Base Unit is optimized for high sensitivity (107 dB) at an A-Scan line rate of 1.2 kHz. Thus, the Callisto is ideal for imaging static, in vitro samples that require good contrast to distinguish features. The CAL930V1-BU offers up to 1.7 mm imaging depth with 7 µm of axial resolution.
Thorlabs’ OCT Scanning Systems are designed to scan the OCT light source beam across a sample
Each scanner contains an OCT interferometer with a sample arm and a reference arm. The reference arm of the OCT interferometer is placed near the sample and housed within the scanning system itself to guarantee the phase stability of the sample arm relative to the reference arm. To account for different sample distances and reflectivities (e.g., while imaging through water), the reference arm path length, as well as the reference arm intensity, is adjustable. To minimize image distortion caused by dispersion, our OCT systems are designed to optically match the reference and sample arm lengths to the greatest extent possible. Dispersion effects from the sample (e.g., imaging through water or glass) can be compensated for using the included ThorImage OCT software. For customers interested in dual-path setups, any of these scanners can be configured without a beamsplitter; contact Tech Support for more information.
All scanners are equipped with an integrated camera that can obtain real-time en face video of the sample during OCT measurements when used with our ThorImage OCT software (see the Software tab for details). Illumination of the sample is provided by a ring of user-adjustable white light LEDs around the exit aperture of each scanner.
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OCTH-900 Handheld Scanner with OCTH-AIR30 Sample Z-Spacer
Compact Handheld Scanner
The cross-section image below of a banana was taken with the OCT-LK3-BB scan lens kit using a Callisto Series OCT system. Choose a scan lens kit that provides the right resolution and focal length for your application.
OCT-LK3-BB (36 mm Focal length)
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Scan Region: 3 mm x 1.7 mm
Lateral Resolution: 8 µm
Thorlabs’ Scan Lens Kits enable easy exchange of scan lenses in an OCT system, providing the flexibility to tailor imaging resolution or working distance for each application. Based on our line of OCT telecentric scan lenses, these lens kits minimize image distortion without extensive post-image processing and maximize coupling of the light scattered or emitted from the sample surface into the detection system. As seen in the table below, we offer scan lens kits compatible with the rigid (Item # OCTG-900) and adjustable (Item # OCTP-900) scanners, as well as two lens kits compatible with the handheld scanner (Item # OCTH-900).
Each kit includes a telecentric scan lens, illumination tube, IR card, and calibration target. The included illumination tube serves as a light guide that channels light from the LED illumination ring down to the sample area. The IR card and calibration target are provided for calibration of the scanning mirror and lens kit, ensuring the best image quality when swapping between scan lenses.
These adapters adjust the reference arm path length within the OCTG-900 Rigid Scanners to match the sample path length of the scan lens used. Choose from three options that are compatible with the scan lens kits sold above. Reference length adapters also enable the user to quickly swap between different scan lens kits without going through extensive adjustments during each switch. The table to the right provides a compatibility list to help select the appropriate reference adapters.
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Z-Spacers for the OCTG-900 and OCTP-900(/M) Scanners
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Z-Spacers for the OCTH-900 Handheld Scanner
Thorlabs offers both ring and immersion style sample Z-spacers that enable optimal positioning of a scanning system relative to the sample. The OCT-AIR3, OCT-IMM3, and OCT-IMM4 Z-Spacers feature knurled rings that allow the spacing distance to be adjusted and locked in place for increased stability. Several Z-spacer options are available; please see the table below for compatibility with our scanners and lens kits.
Additionally, we offer two ring-style Z-spacers that are designed specifically for the OCTH-900 Handheld Scanner; these spacers greatly assist in maintaining the correct sample working distance when using the handheld scanner. The spacing distance on the OCTH-AIR20 and OCTH-AIR30 Z-Spacers can be adjusted by rotating the spacer.
Our ring-style Z-spacers provide a distance guide between the scanner and sample. The sample is in contact with the ring-shaped tip of the spacer and should only be used when air is the scanning medium. In contrast, our immersion spacers are equipped with a glass plate that contacts the sample surface within the scanning area. Unlike the ring-style spacers, immersion spacers enable access to samples contained within a liquid environment while also providing sample stabilization. Better index matching and a tilted glass plate also help reduce strong back reflections from the sample surface and enhances the contrast of the image.
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The focus block can be rotated 45° to move the scanner head away from the sample.
For convenient mounting of our Rigid or Adjustable Scanners, we offer a scanner stand that is ideal for use in vibration-sensitive studies such as angiography. It consists of a post-mounted focus block with knobs that provide both coarse (40 mm/rev) and fine (225 µm/rev) z-axis travel. A rotation and height collar underneath the focus block allows it to rotate 45° in order to move the scanner head away from the sample to make adjustments.
The focus block attaches to a 12" x 14" (300 mm x 350 mm) aluminum breadboard via the included Ø1.5" post. The aluminum breadboard has side grips and rubber feet for easy lifting and transportation. There is an array of 1/4"-20 (M6) tapped holes for mounting optomechanics. Four extra 1/4"-20 (M6) tapped holes allow the mounting of the OCT-XYR1 Translation Stage (sold below) to the OCT-STAND and the OCT-XYR1/M Translation Stage to the OCT-STAND/M directly underneath the scan lens. A 1/4"-20 (M6) counterbore is also provided for securing the Ø1.5" post.
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The cover plate is removable for access to tapped holes and the SM1-threaded central hole.
Precise translation and rotation are often required for optimal positioning of a sample before and during OCT imaging. The OCT-XYR1(/M) is an XY linear translation stage with a rotating platform and solid plate for sample mounting and easy cleaning. The OCT-XYR1 or OCT-XYR1/M stage can be secured to the OCT-STAND or OCT-STAND/M, respectively, using the 1/4" (M6) counterbores at the corners. The top plate is removable for access to 4-40, 8-32 (M4), and 1/4"-20 (M6) tapped holes and an SM1-threaded (1.035"-40) central hole for mounting optomechanical components. The XYR1A Solid Sample Plate can be purchased separately as a direct replacement for the top plate.
The X and Y micrometers offer 1/2" (13 mm) of travel with graduations every 0.001" (10 µm). The stage's rotation and translation can be freely changed without compromising the stability of attached components. An engraved angular scale along the outer edge of the stage's rotating platform allows the user to set the angular orientation of the stage, which can then be fixed using the 5/64" (2 mm) hex locking setscrew. Locking the rotation of the stage does not prevent XY translation using the actuators.
This Callisto Series OCT System Configuration is built using the base unit, scanning systems, lenses, and accessories sold on this page. The CALLISTO configuration features a center wavelength of 930 nm and is designed for high-sensitivity imaging applications. An OCTG-900 Rigid Scanner and compatible reference length adapter are included.
The CALLISTO system configuration is fully compatible with all Callisto Series OCT components. For information about these systems or to inquire about custom configurations, please contact email@example.com and an OCT representative will get back to you shortly.