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OEM OCT Imaging Systems
2D and 3D Imaging Solutions for Structural Analysis
Thorlabs offers engineering solutions for integrating customized Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) imaging modules into complex host systems. At our facilities in Lübeck, Germany and Newton, NJ, we manufacture these systems and their components. We look forward to working with you to design a custom system that meets your needs.
This page is designed to provide insight into the tried and true processes that make Thorlabs the ideal choice for OEM systems. We evaluate every OEM opportunity using a finely tuned process developed by our experienced engineering team. This process is detailed on the Engineering Process tab. The Technology and Implemented Projects tabs detail the advantages and limitations of OCT technology and highlight various fields in which Thorlabs has successfully designed and manufactured OCT system solutions. More information about our engineering team and the company as a whole can be found on the Thorlabs' Expertise tab.
To successfully integrate advanced imaging technology into a complex host system, there are many factors to consider beyond component development:
Healthy Human Lens Imaged with a 1070 nm OCT System
Contact Lens Measurement in Water Imaged with
a High-Sensitivity OCT System
Anterior Chamber Imaged with a 1070 nm OCT System
Laminated Foil Measurement Imaged at 2 µm Axial Resolution
Optical Coherence Tomography
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a high-resolution, cross-sectional imaging technology that analyzes echoes of backscattered light from layers of microstructures close to the surface of the sample (i.e., up to several millimeters deep). This low coherence, interferometric technology generally employs near infrared light and offers a spatial resolution of 1 - 15 µm, which is one to two orders of magnitude higher than conventional ultrasound. It can generate real-time, volumetric data at video frame rates.
OCT is commonly used for in vivo analysis of biological tissues but is expanding into other domains such as non-destructive material inspection. Currently, OCT is an established technique often used in medical imaging systems, offering a level of precision and reliability that was not possible before.
Thorlabs' OCT group in Lübeck, Germany specializes in the development of Spectral Domain OCT engines, while our group in Newton, NJ has expertise in the development of Swept Source OCT components and systems, including a new MEMS-Tunable VCSEL Swept Source Laser Source offering single mode, mode-hop-free operation over a tuning range in excess of 100 nm.
Implemented OCT Imaging Projects
We have implemented OCT imaging solutions for a wide range of applications in various fields with different levels of customization. The solution for your application will be based on our solid experience from designing and manufacturing hundreds of active systems in the field.
Our Engineering Process
Thorlabs is committed to working with you at each stage of the development process to ensure the final design meets your unique requirements.
Modular OCT Imaging System Consisting of a Light Source, Spectrometer, Digital and Analog Electronics, and Scanner Drive
Customized Probe, or Sample Head, Module to Allow
Submerged Imaging of Liquids
Customized OCT Probe, or Sample Head, Designed to Allow
Imaging of Liquid within a Bottle
Our Expertise in the Photonics Industry
Thorlabs is a leading photonics company that develops and manufactures a broad portfolio of technologies ranging from optical components to advanced imaging systems.
The Thorlabs OCT Groups, located in Newton, NJ and Lübeck, Germany, consist of scientists and engineers with over 10 years of experience in OCT technology and its applications. They provide a unique skillset to develop the optimal imaging components for your system.