US 9,812,846 B2
Method and apparatus for performing optical imaging using frequency-domain interferometry
Seok-Hyun Yun, Cambridge, MA (US); Brett Eugene Bouma, Quincy, MA (US); Guillermo J. Tearney, Cambridge, MA (US); and Johannes Fitzgerald De Boer, Amstelveen (NL)
Assigned to THE GENERAL HOSPITAL CORPORATION, Boston, MA (US)
Filed by The General Hospital Corporation, Boston, MA (US)
Filed on Apr. 27, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/140,125.
Application 15/140,125 is a continuation of application No. 14/256,361, filed on Apr. 18, 2014, granted, now 9,377,290.
Application 14/256,361 is a continuation of application No. 13/720,507, filed on Dec. 19, 2012, granted, now 8,705,046, issued on Apr. 22, 2014.
Application 13/720,507 is a continuation of application No. 13/191,885, filed on Jul. 27, 2011, granted, now 8,355,138, issued on Jan. 15, 2013.
Application 13/191,885 is a continuation of application No. 12/795,529, filed on Jun. 7, 2010, granted, now 8,384,909, issued on Feb. 26, 2013.
Application 12/795,529 is a continuation of application No. 10/577,562, granted, now 7,733,497, issued on Jun. 8, 2010, previously published as PCT/US2004/029148, filed on Sep. 8, 2004.
Claims priority of provisional application 60/514,769, filed on Oct. 27, 2003.
Prior Publication US 2016/0320170 A1, Nov. 3, 2016
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. H01S 3/08 (2006.01); H01S 5/50 (2006.01); H01S 5/00 (2006.01); H01S 5/14 (2006.01); H01S 5/10 (2006.01); A61B 5/00 (2006.01); G01J 3/02 (2006.01); G01J 3/453 (2006.01); G01N 21/47 (2006.01); G02B 27/48 (2006.01); G01B 9/02 (2006.01); G02B 6/36 (2006.01); G02B 26/12 (2006.01); G02F 1/09 (2006.01); G02F 1/11 (2006.01); H01S 3/00 (2006.01); H01S 3/106 (2006.01); G01J 9/02 (2006.01); H01S 3/105 (2006.01)
CPC H01S 5/5045 (2013.01) [A61B 5/0059 (2013.01); A61B 5/0066 (2013.01); G01B 9/02002 (2013.01); G01B 9/02004 (2013.01); G01B 9/0209 (2013.01); G01B 9/02043 (2013.01); G01B 9/02075 (2013.01); G01B 9/02081 (2013.01); G01B 9/02083 (2013.01); G01B 9/02084 (2013.01); G01B 9/02091 (2013.01); G01J 3/02 (2013.01); G01J 3/021 (2013.01); G01J 3/0208 (2013.01); G01J 3/0218 (2013.01); G01J 3/0264 (2013.01); G01J 3/453 (2013.01); G01N 21/4795 (2013.01); G02B 6/3604 (2013.01); G02B 26/12 (2013.01); G02B 27/48 (2013.01); G02F 1/093 (2013.01); G02F 1/11 (2013.01); H01S 3/0071 (2013.01); H01S 3/0078 (2013.01); H01S 5/0071 (2013.01); H01S 5/0078 (2013.01); H01S 5/1025 (2013.01); H01S 5/14 (2013.01); A61B 5/7257 (2013.01); G01B 2290/45 (2013.01); G01B 2290/70 (2013.01); G01J 9/0215 (2013.01); H01S 3/08009 (2013.01); H01S 3/08063 (2013.01); H01S 3/105 (2013.01); H01S 3/1068 (2013.01); H01S 5/141 (2013.01); H01S 5/146 (2013.01)] 39 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An apparatus comprising:
a light source arrangement configured to emit an electromagnetic radiation, wherein the light source arrangement includes a cavity and a filter which cause a spectrum of the electromagnetic radiation to have a mean frequency that changes (i) at an absolute rate that is greater than about 100 terahertz per millisecond, and (ii) over a range that is greater than about 10 terahertz.