We present an advanced demodulation technique for a fiber-optics interferometric current transducer. A quadrature sampling method with internal triggers was adopted for structural simplification and cost-effective phase demodulation. The internal triggers for quadrature signal processing were generated at zero crossing points of an ac-coupled reference signal, which was distinguished from the current-induced interference signal by utilizing fiber Bragg grating. Phase variation was extracted from the arctangent demodulation process. The proposed technique demonstrated accurate and stable phase demodulations performance and better than that of the conventional lock-in amp demodulation.
A histogram-based denoising algorithm was developed to effectively reduce ghost artifact noise and enhance the quality of an optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging system used to guide surgical instruments. The noise signal is iteratively detected by comparing the histogram of the ensemble average of all A-scans, and the ghost artifacts included in the noisy signal are removed separately from the raw signals using the polynomial curve fitting method. The devised algorithm was simulated with various noisy OCT images, and >87% of the ghost artifact noise was removed despite different locations. Our results show the feasibility of selectively and effectively removing ghost artifact noise.
An enhanced surface tracking system based on optical coherence tomography (OCT) modality has been developed and tested for use in a surgical guidance system. A surface detection algorithm based on a Savitzky-Golay filter of A-scan data and thresholding was applied to real-time depth tracking. The algorithm output controlled a motorized stage to adjust the probe position according to the sample's topological variance in real-time. As a result, the root mean square error (RMSE: 4.2 μm) of our algorithm was relatively lower than the conventional method (RMSE: 16.6 μm). Also, OCT images obtained using the algorithm showed a significantly extended imaging range and active surface tracking in real time. Consequently, the devised method demonstrated potential for use in systems for guiding surgical robots and endoscopic OCT.