An overview of optical coherence tomography for ovarian tissue imaging and characterization



Ovarian cancer has the lowest survival rate among all the gynecologic cancers because it is predominantly diagnosed at late stages due to the lack of reliable symptoms and efficacious screening techniques. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an emerging technique that provides high-resolution images of biological tissue in real time, and demonstrates great potential for imaging of ovarian tissue. In this article, we review OCT studies for visualization and diagnosis of human ovaries as well as quantitative extraction of ovarian tissue optical properties for classifying normal and malignant ovaries. OCT combined with other imaging modalities to further improve ovarian tissue diagnosis is also reviewed. WIREs Nanomed Nanobiotechnol 2015, 7:1–16. doi: 10.1002/wnan.1306

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Conflict of interest: The authors have declared no conflicts of interest for this article.