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1. US20180177404 - Gradient Index Lens Assembly-Based Imaging Apparatus, Systems and Methods

Office United States of America
Application Number 15736575
Application Date 23.06.2016
Publication Number 20180177404
Publication Date 28.06.2018
Publication Kind A1
IPC
A61B 5/00
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
5Measuring for diagnostic purposes; Identification of persons
G02B 6/42
GPHYSICS
02OPTICS
BOPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS
6Light guides; Structural details of arrangements comprising light guides and other optical elements, e.g. couplings
24Coupling light guides
42Coupling light guides with opto-electronic elements
CPC
A61B 3/102
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
3Apparatus for testing the eyes; Instruments for examining the eyes
10Objective types, i.e. instruments for examining the eyes independent of the patients' perceptions or reactions
102for optical coherence tomography [OCT]
A61B 5/0066
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
5Detecting, measuring or recording for diagnostic purposes
0059using light, e.g. diagnosis by transillumination, diascopy, fluorescence
0062Arrangements for scanning
0066Optical coherence imaging
A61B 5/0084
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
5Detecting, measuring or recording for diagnostic purposes
0059using light, e.g. diagnosis by transillumination, diascopy, fluorescence
0082adapted for particular medical purposes
0084for introduction into the body, e.g. by catheters
G02B 6/4206
GPHYSICS
02OPTICS
BOPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS
6Light guides
24Coupling light guides
42Coupling light guides with opto-electronic elements
4201Packages, e.g. shape, construction, internal or external details
4204the coupling comprising intermediate optical elements, e.g. lenses, holograms
4206Optical features
G02B 6/4212
GPHYSICS
02OPTICS
BOPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS
6Light guides
24Coupling light guides
42Coupling light guides with opto-electronic elements
4201Packages, e.g. shape, construction, internal or external details
4204the coupling comprising intermediate optical elements, e.g. lenses, holograms
4212the intermediate optical element being a coupling medium interposed therebetween, e.g. epoxy resin, refractive index matching material, index grease, matching liquid or gel
Applicants LightLab Imaging, Inc.
Inventors Yu Liu
Title
(EN) Gradient Index Lens Assembly-Based Imaging Apparatus, Systems and Methods
Abstract
(EN)

In part, the disclosure relates to a lens assembly. The lens assembly can be used to direct light for sensing and imaging. In one embodiment, the lens assembly is a component of an intravascular data collection probe such as an optical coherence tomography probe. The lens assembly can include an optical fiber having a first diameter and a gradient index lens that includes a rod having a length L. The rod can include a substantial planar end and a polished end. The rod can include a longitudinal axis and a second diameter. The second diameter is greater than the first diameter in one embodiment. The substantially planar end is optically coupled to an endface of the optical fiber. The refractive index changes along the length L of the rod.

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