Applications of catheter-based optical coherence tomography (OCT) - originally developed for cardiovascular imaging - have expanded to other organ systems. However, currently available algorithms to co-register 3D OCT data to a second imaging modality were developed for cardiovascular applications and with it, are tailored to small tubular tissue structures. The available algorithms can often not be applied outside the cardiovascular system, e.g. when an OCT probe is introduced into the kidney, lungs, or wrist. Here, we develop a generic co-registration algorithm with potentially numerous applications. This algorithm only requires that the OCT probe is visible on the second imaging modality and that a single OCT image can be matched to the second imaging modality based on shared image features. We investigate the accuracy and thereby the limitations of our co-registration algorithm as an important step towards implementing the algorithm in clinical practice.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering