OEM OCT Imaging Solutions

OEM OCT Imaging Solutions

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2D and 3D Imaging Solutions for Structural Analysis

Thorlabs offers engineering solutions for integrating customized Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) imaging modules into complex host systems. At our facilities in Lübeck, Germany and Newton, NJ, we manufacture these systems and their components. We look forward to working with you to design a custom solution that meets your needs.

This page is designed to provide insight into the tried and true processes that make Thorlabs the ideal choice for custom OEM solutions. We evaluate every OEM opportunity using a finely tuned process developed by our experienced engineering team. This process is detailed on the Engineering Process tab. The Technology and Implemented Projects tabs detail the advantages and limitations of OCT technology and highlight various fields in which Thorlabs has successfully designed and manufactured OCT system solutions. More information about our engineering team and the company as a whole can be found on the Thorlabs' Expertise tab.

Project Considerations

To successfully integrate advanced imaging technology into a complex host system, there are many factors to consider beyond component development:

  • Selection of the best-suited parameters for the imaging technology within the context of the host system and its application
  • A dedicated engineering team that is in close contact with the host system development team
  • Customization of certain components for seamless host system integration
  • A reliable manufacturing process that provides timely delivery of high-quality components
Healthy Human Lens
Healthy Human Lens Imaged with a 1070 nm OCT System
Contact Lens
Contact Lens Measurement in Water Imaged with
a High-Sensitivity OCT System
Anterior Chamber
Anterior Chamber Imaged with a 1070 nm OCT System
Laminated Foil
Laminated Foil Measurement Imaged at 2 µm Axial Resolution

Optical Coherence Tomography

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a high-resolution, cross-sectional imaging technology that analyzes echoes of backscattered light from layers of microstructures close to the surface of the sample (i.e., up to several millimeters deep). This low coherence, interferometric technology generally employs near infrared light and offers a spatial resolution of 1 - 15 µm, which is one to two orders of magnitude higher than conventional ultrasound. It can generate real-time, volumetric data at video frame rates.

OCT is commonly used for in vivo analysis of biological tissues but is expanding into other domains such as non-destructive material inspection. Currently, OCT is an established technique often used in medical imaging systems, offering a level of precision and reliability that was not possible before.

Thorlabs' OCT group in Lübeck, Germany specializes in the development of Spectral Domain OCT engines, while our group in Newton, NJ has expertise in the development of Swept Source OCT components and systems, including a new MEMS-Tunable VCSEL Swept Source Laser Source offering single mode, mode-hop-free operation over a tuning range in excess of 100 nm.

OCT Basics

Implemented OCT Imaging Projects


  • Cell Imaging
  • Brain Activation
  • Tissue Characterization
  • Live Blood Flow Imaging
  • Ophthalmology


  • Biofilm Inspection
  • Multilayer Thickness Analysis
  • Analysis of Paintings
  • Small Particle Detection
  • Manufacturing Process Control

We have implemented OCT imaging solutions for a wide range of applications in various fields with different levels of customization. The solution for your application will be based on our solid experience from designing and manufacturing hundreds of active systems in the field.

Implemented OCT Projects

Our Engineering Process

Thorlabs is committed to working with you at each stage of the development process to ensure the final design meets your unique requirements.

Engineering Process
Modular OCT System
Modular OCT Imaging System Consisting of a Light Source, Spectrometer, Digital and Analog Electronics, and Scanner Drive
Customized Probe for Liquids
Customized Probe, or Sample Head, Module to Allow
Submerged Imaging of Liquids
Customized Probe for Bottles
Customized OCT Probe, or Sample Head, Designed to Allow
Imaging of Liquid within a Bottle

Our Expertise in the Photonics Industry

Thorlabs is a leading photonics company that develops and manufactures a broad portfolio of technologies ranging from optical components to advanced imaging systems.

  • Interdisciplinary Teams Comprised of Scientists, Engineers, and Technicians
  • Extensive High-Tech Fabrication Facilities:
    • Optomechanics
    • Optoelectronics
    • Optical Coatings
    • Semiconductor Wafers
    • Optical Fibers
  • Close Contact with Photonics Research Labs Around the World

The Thorlabs OCT Groups, located in Newton, NJ and Lübeck, Germany, consist of scientists and engineers with over 10 years of experience in OCT technology and its applications. They provide a unique skillset to develop the optimal imaging components for your system.

Experienced Team

  • Contributions to OCT Imaging Technology for Over 10 Years
  • Extensive Portfolio of OCT Components Developed and Manufactured by Thorlabs
  • Several Hundred Systems Successfully Designed, Manufactured, and Deployed into the Field
  • Over 20 Peer-Reviewed Publications Involving Successful Research Conducted with Thorlabs' OCT Systems and Components


  • Extensive Knowledge of Photonics Technology
  • Vertically Integrated Manufacturing Facilities
  • Over a Decade of Experience Developing OCT Technologies
  • Library of Existing OCT Systems, Components, and Subassemblies
  • Engineering, Customization, and Manufacturing Expertise

Posted Comments:
sung bae Kim  (posted 2024-04-17 13:31:20.637)
I would like to inquire about your OCT system. As a non-clinical research institute in Korea, we are conducting testing for the development of medical devices and drugs. We would like to set up a test using your OCT system. We would like to perform 3D image test analysis for mouse and rat ophthalmology, brain activation, tissue characterization, live blood flow imaging, and biodegradable drugs on the skin and subcutaneously. We would like to find the optimal conditions for testing using your OCT equipment. I would appreciate it if you could suggest the specifications and options of the OCT equipment to me.
Jiajie Ji  (posted 2021-01-14 03:56:58.0)
Hi, We are developing an OCT system for laser welding monitoring. What we are proposed to do is integrate OCT beam into a current laser welding system and a 3d-galvanometer system. If possible, can I know the approximate price to customize an OCT system?
YLohia  (posted 2021-01-22 02:08:37.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. Custom OCT systems can be requested by filling out this form: https://www.thorlabs.com/contactdemo.cfm?formtype=contact. We have reached out to you directly to discuss further.
Ali Alavi  (posted 2019-10-19 08:23:37.623)
I would like to know about your PS-OCT system, its capabilities and components and design base. Also if you supply parts in case of fault in system. How is your diagnostic process and also if you provide warranty.
dpossin  (posted 2019-10-24 10:03:55.0)
Dear Customer, Thank you for your feedback. You can find most details regarding our PS-OCT system on our website: https://www.thorlabs.com/newgrouppage9.cfm?objectgroup_id=12543. Under PS-OCT Tutorial you can find the design and how we calculate which signal. In case of a fault of the system it can also be shipped back to our facility and repaired. You will always have free access to our OCT Tech Support Team. All of our OCT systems come with a 1 year warranty.
sairam_iyer  (posted 2017-09-29 17:41:51.517)
I would like to find out more about this product's application to our work. It's mainly to do with material inspection. Can you please contact me on the email provided? I might also be interested in a demo. Thanks Sairam
tfrisch  (posted 2017-10-02 06:40:22.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. We will contact you directly to discuss your application.
sharko_alena  (posted 2017-09-21 09:32:12.623)
Hello! I am writing to you from Russia from Krasnogorsk. Our company “Krasnogorsk factory” makes optical systems for various applications including for medicine. At present we have started the development of an optical tomograph for scanning the retina of the eye. For this work, we need the OKT block with the following characteristics: - The central wavelength is 1 μm; - the width of the spectrum at half the maximum (FWHM) - not less than 50 nm; - speed of image acquisition - not less than 50 000 A-scans / sec; - The time of 3D scanning with the size of the scan zone 6x6 mm - no more than 0.75 seconds; - depth of scanning - not less than 3 mm. Please tell me if you could develop such a system for us. In the case of a positive answer, tell me how much it will cost and what term of production. We plan to sell the product to 100 pieces per year. Ready to cooperate. Looking forward to your answer. Best regards, Project Manager Elena Sharko
tfrisch  (posted 2017-09-21 09:18:47.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. I will have a member of our OEM team reach out to you about the details of your application.
asroy27  (posted 2017-03-02 23:28:53.447)
Hello, Does Thorlabs have any OCT model with Polarization detection capabilities for human eye use? Thank you ASR
tfrisch  (posted 2017-03-13 01:16:05.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. We will reach out to you directly about the necessary certification for medical applications.
p.jansz  (posted 2016-05-31 09:55:25.19)
Our Edith Cowan university imaging research team are very interested in acquiring a modular OCT system for imaging biological and NDT applications. What range of products do you have and their cost as applicable to a tertiary institute of learning. I look forward to your reply Dr Paul V Jansz
besembeson  (posted 2016-06-02 01:28:22.0)
Response from Bweh at Thorlabs USA: We have a wide variety of complete systems and various modules for OCT systems. Our OCT specialists will contact you to further evaluate your needs.
laser  (posted 2014-02-23 23:27:01.493)
Dear OCT staffs of Thorlabs My name is Jong Hoon Lee working at Laser Application Center of Kyungpook National University in South Korea I have been to Thorlab Booth in the SPIE 2014 San Francisco (BIOS & Photonic West) and asking about new OCT System with 1um Swept Source. I heard that your new OCT system employing 1um Swept Source is almost completed so I asked your release schedules of new OCT System, or OEM Ordering of new OCT system with 1um Swept Source. Please check my visiting in the thorlab Booth. Sincerely Yours Jong Hoon Lee from South Korea
jlow  (posted 2014-03-06 04:11:12.0)
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: We will contact you directly about this.
rty.olmstead  (posted 2014-02-18 20:51:13.743)
I am working on a proposal where I want to integrate an OCT into an off the shelf 3D scanner system. The system consist of a Galilean telescope (2.8x Mag 7.15mm input aperture), a scanner head (20mm input aperture) and a f-theta lens with a focal length of 80mm. Ball park, I want to know how much money to set aside in the proposal for an OCT development to support this type of system. Regards, Ty Olmstead (321) 277-7725
cdaly  (posted 2014-02-25 05:47:35.0)
Response from Chris at Thorlabs: Thank you for your inquiry. My colleague Michael Leitner has asked that you please contact him directly in regards to your request. I have send you his contact information directly.