[OPTICAL REVIEW Vol. 10, No. 6 (2003) 576-579]
© 2003 The Optical Society of Japan

Optical Coherence Tomography Premiere in Korea

EunSeo CHOI, Young-Jae KIM, Jihoon NA, Changsu LEE1, Changsu NA2, Byoeng Ha LEE

Department of Information and Communications, Kwangju Institute of Science and Technology, 1 Oryong-dong, Buk-gu, Gwangju 500-712, Republic of Korea
1Division of Electrical and Electric Engineering, The University of Suwon, San 2-2, Wau-ri. Bongdam, Whasung-shi, Kyunggi-do 445-743, Republic of Korea
2College of Oriental Medicine, Dongshin University, 252 Daeho-dong, Naju-shi, Jeonnam 520-714, Republic of Korea

(Received February 28, 2003; Accepted October 9, 2003)

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is considered as fundamentally new image modality having advantages such as high-speed, real-time cross sectional imaging with non-invasive in vivo investigation of biological tissue and its potential for clinical application is highly evaluated. In spite of these merits, the research activity in OCT has not taken much attention until recently. However the situation in Korea is gradually changing due to understanding of its versatile applications. Active research and commercialization are underway. Bulk optics-based OCT system is changed into align-free fiber-optics system. With our expertise in the fabrication of fiber grating devices and strong background in control of fiber based system, we hope to contribute in developing simplified all-fiber OCT system with better performance. As a leading research group, working on OCT, we have firstly implemented fiber-based OCT system in Korea and demonstrated the imaging performance with glass plate and onion.

Key words: optical coherence tomography, white-light interferometry, OCT system implementation, image modality, high resolution