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LightLab Imaging Inc. | Date: 2016-07-20

The disclosure relates to an imaging probe, in particular of an optical coherence tomography imaging system, the probe comprising a probe tip capable of intra-lumen imaging, the probe tip comprising a cover comprising a polymer and a plurality of back-scattering particles for controlled optical backscattering disposed therein for providing a reference point for calibration of at least one imaging system parameter.


Patent
LightLab Imaging Inc. | Date: 2016-05-17

The disclosure relates, in part, to computer-based visualization of stent position within a blood vessel. A stent can be visualized using intravascular data and subsequently displayed as stent struts or portions of a stent as a part of a one or more graphic user interface(s) (GUI). In one embodiment, the method includes steps to distinguish stented region(s) from background noise using an amalgamation of angular stent strut information for a given neighborhood of frames. The GUI can include views of a blood vessel generated using distance measurements and demarcating the actual stented region(s), which provides visualization of the stented region. The disclosure also relates to display of intravascular diagnostic information such as indicators. An indicator can be generated and displayed with images generated using an intravascular data collection system. The indicators can include one or more viewable graphical elements suitable for indicating diagnostic information such as stent information.


Patent
LightLab Imaging Inc. | Date: 2015-07-22

A method and apparatus for tunable filter linearization of a Fourier-Domain Mode Locking (FDML) laser for a SS-OCT comprising the steps of: choosing a fundamental frequency that avoids the mechanical resonance frequencies of a tunable filter; summing two or three harmonically related sinusoids of the fundamental frequency; and tuning the amplitudes and phases of the summed sinusoids to compensate for nonuniformities in amplitude and phase responses of the tunable filter.


In one embodiment, the invention relates to a processor based method for generating positional and other information relating to a stent in the lumen of a vessel using a computer. The method includes the steps of generating an optical coherence image data set in response to an OCT scan of a sample containing at least one stent; and identifying at least one one-dimensional local cue in the image data set relating to the position of the stent.


Patent
LightLab Imaging Inc. | Date: 2016-07-25

In part, the disclosure relates to intravascular data collection systems and the software-based visualization and display of intravascular data relating to detected side branches and detected stent struts. Levels of stent malapposition can be defined using a user interface such as a slider, toggle, button, field, or other interface to specify how indicia are displayed relative to detected stent struts. In addition, the disclosure relates to methods to automatically provide a two or three-dimensional visualization suitable for assessing side branch and/or guide wire location during stenting. The method can use one or more a computed side branch location, a branch takeoff angle, one or more stent strut locations, and one or more lumen contours.


Patent
LightLab Imaging Inc. | Date: 2016-07-25

In part, the disclosure relates to methods of guidewire detection in intravascular data sets such as scan lines, frames, images and combinations thereof. Methods of generating one or more indicia of a guidewire in a representation of blood vessel are also features of the disclosure. A carpet view is generated in one embodiment and regions of relatively higher contrast are detected as candidate guidewire regions. In one embodiment, the disclosure relates to selective removal of guidewire segments from a set of intravascular data and the display of a representation of a blood vessel via a user interface. Representations of a guidewire can be toggled on and off in one embodiment.


In part, the invention relates to processing, tracking and registering angiography images and elements in such images relative to images from an intravascular imaging modality such as, for example, optical coherence tomography (OCT). Registration between such imaging modalities is facilitated by tracking of a marker of the intravascular imaging probe performed on the angiography images obtained during a pullback. Further, detecting and tracking vessel centerlines is used to perform a continuous registration between OCT and angiography images in one embodiment.


In one embodiment, the invention relates to an apparatus for increasing the repetition rate in a light source. The apparatus includes a first optical coupler comprising a first arm, a second arm and a third arm; a first mirror in optical communication with the second arm of the first optical coupler; and a first optical delay line having a first end in optical communication with the third arm of the first optical coupler and a second end in optical communication with a second mirror, wherein light entering the first arm of the first optical coupler leaves the first arm of the first optical coupler either delayed by an amount () or substantially undelayed.


Patent
LightLab Imaging Inc. | Date: 2015-06-19

In part, the invention relates to optical caps having at least one lensed surface configured to redirect and focus light outside of the cap. The cap is placed over an optical fiber. Optical radiation travels through the fiber and interacts with the optical surface or optical surfaces of the cap, resulting in a beam that is either focused at a distance outside of the cap or substantially collimated. The optical elements such as the elongate caps described herein can be used with various data collection modalities such optical coherence tomography. In part, the invention relates to a lens assembly that includes a micro-lens; a beam director in optical communication with the micro-lens; and a substantially transparent film or cover. The substantially transparent film is capable of bi-directionally transmitting light, and generating a controlled amount of backscatter. The film can surround a portion of the beam director.


Patent
LightLab Imaging Inc. | Date: 2016-06-30

In part, the invention relates to optical caps having at least one lensed surface configured to redirect and focus light outside of the cap. The cap is placed over an optical fiber. Optical radiation travels through the fiber and interacts with the optical surface or optical surfaces of the cap, resulting in a beam that is either focused at a distance outside of the cap or substantially collimated. The optical elements such as the elongate caps described herein can be used with various data collection modalities such optical coherence tomography. In part, the invention relates to a lens assembly that includes a micro-lens; a beam director in optical communication with the micro-lens; and a substantially transparent film or cover. The substantially transparent film is capable of bi-directionally transmitting light, and generating a controlled amount of backscatter. The film can surround a portion of the beam director.

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