Precision and bias in dynamic light scattering optical coherence tomography measurements of diffusion and flow

Konstantine Cheishvili*, Bernd Rieger, Jeroen Kalkman

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Abstract

We quantify the precision and bias of dynamic light scattering optical coherence tomography (DLS-OCT) measurements of the diffusion coefficient and flow speed for first and second-order normalized autocovariance functions. For both diffusion and flow, the measurement precision and accuracy are severely limited by correlations between the errors in the normalized autocovariance function. We demonstrate a method of mixing statistically independent normalized autocovariance functions at every time delay for removing these correlations. The mixing method reduces the uncertainty in the obtained parameters by a factor of two but has no effect on the standard error of the mean. We find that the precision in DLS-OCT is identical for different averaging techniques but that the lowest bias is obtained by averaging the measured correlation functions before fitting the model parameters. With our correlation mixing method, it is possible to quantify the precision in DLS-OCT and verify whether the Cramer-Rao bound is reached.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1288-1310
Number of pages23
JournalBiomedical Optics Express
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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