Needle-probe optical coherence tomography for intelligent guidance of epidural anesthesia

Wen Chuan Kuo*

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this presentation, I will focus on our recent works where we developed an innovative image-guided technology using a needle probe optical coherence tomography (OCT) system with an automatic identification algorithm to reduce complications during epidural needle insertion. 3D monitoring of the dura puncture and blood patch process were also discussed. Finally, I will also introduce the multi-contrast OCT for the assessment of pathological processes, such as in the retina degeneration and tumor detection.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1114001-35
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Apr 2019
EventBiomedical Imaging and Sensing Conference 2019, BISC 2019 - Yokohama, Japan
Duration: 22 Apr 201926 Apr 2019


  • Epidural anesthesia
  • Multi-contrast
  • Needle probe
  • Optical coherence tomography


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