The Center

What is CBORT?

The Center for Biomedical OCT Research and Translation (CBORT), is a National Biomedical Technology Resource Center (P41) funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.  The mission of CBORT is to enable breakthroughs in biology and medicine through advancements in Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) technology.  This is accomplished by:

  • Pioneering technical innovation
  • Providing access to OCT instrumentation
  • Cultivating new collaborations
  • Training and informing prospective user communities

What are the benefits of OCT Imaging?

Over the past two decades Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) has evolved into a powerful microscopy technique that can be used to safely image biological tissue. One critical advancement of OCT has been the development of new detection strategies that allow image acquisition at hundreds of frames per second, which enables 3D structural imaging of entire organ segments such as the coronary arteries. OCT is compatible with imaging through a variety of probes that differ in size and shape, including, long flexible probes that are able to access hard to reach areas of the human body.   

How can I get involved?

We have numerous outreach initiatives for investigators interested in implementing OCT into their research program.   These include (but not limited to):

  • OCT workshops & symposia
  • In-house training on OCT system or sub-system construction, validation, and operation
  • Designs for advanced, customizable wavelength-swept lasers, interferometers, and “optical engine” components
  • Catheter, probe, and rotary junction design and construction
  • Access to OCT systems
  • Image interpretation expertise

Our faculty are continually seeking new avenues for advancing OCT and facilitating the adoption of OCT technology. If you believe that OCT may be advantageous for your research or for more information on how to interact with CBORT please check out Collaboration and Resources. You can also email the director for program development, Jacqueline Namati, PhD at for more information.  

CBORT is supported through the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – award P41EB015903.