Megahertz-rate optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) is highly anticipated as an ultrafast imaging tool in clinical settings. However, shot-noise-limited sensitivity is inevitably reduced in high-speed imaging systems. In this Letter, we present a coherent buffer averaging technique for use with a Fourier-domain mode-locked (FDML) laser to improve OCTA contrast at 1060 nm MHz-rate retinal imaging. Full characterization of spectral variations among the FDML buffers and a numerical correction method are also presented, with the results demonstrating a 10-fold increase in the phase alignment among buffers. Coherent buffer averaging provided better OCTA contrast than the conventional multi-frame averaging approach with a faster acquisition time.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics