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Pfeiffer, Tom; Wieser, Wolfgang; Klein, Thomas; Petermann, Markus; Kolb, Jan-Phillip; Eibl, Matthias; Huber, Robert (2016): Flexible A-scan rate MHz OCT: Computational downscaling by coherent averaging. Optical Coherence Tomography and Coherence Domain Optical Methods in Biomedicine XX, 13-18 February 2016, San Francisco, California, United States.
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In order to realize fast OCT-systems with adjustable line rate, we investigate averaging of image data from an FDML based MHz-OCT-system. The line rate can be reduced in software and traded in for increased system sensitivity and image quality. We compare coherent and incoherent averaging to effectively scale down the system speed of a 3.2 MHz FDML OCT system to around 100 kHz in postprocessing. We demonstrate that coherent averaging is possible with MHz systems without special interferometer designs or digital phase stabilisation. We show OCT images of a human finger knuckle joint in vivo with very high quality and deep penetration.