We report the development of an integrated multi-functional imaging system capable of providing anatomical (optical coherence tomography, OCT), functional (OCT angiography, OCTA) and molecular imaging (light-induced autofluorescence, LIAF) for in vivo dental applications. Blue excitation light (405 nm) was used for LIAF imaging, while the OCT was powered by a 1310 nm swept laser source. A red-green-blue (RGB) digital camera, with a 450 nm cut-on broad-band optical filter, was used for LIAF detection. The exciting light source and camera were integrated directly with the OCT scanning probe. The integrated system used two non-invasive imaging modalities to improve the speed of in-vivo OCT data collection and to better target the regions of interest. The newly designed system maintained the ability to detect differences between healthy and hypo-mineralized teeth, identify dental biofilm and visualize the microvasculature of gingival tissue. The development of the integrated OCT-LIAF system provides an opportunity to conduct clinical studies more efficiently, examining changes in oral conditions over time. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
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