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December 12, 2009

Mtg: Optical Coherence Tomography â?? From Bench to Bedside

by @ 3:42 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Computers/Software, Optics/Displays
 

WEDNESDAY February 17, 2010
SCV Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter
Speaker: Tony Ko, PhD, Optovue, Inc.
Time: Optional no-host dinner at 6:15 PM; Presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Optional dinner at Nexus Cafeteria; meeting at Room M-114, Stanford University Medical School
RSVP: not required
Web: www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/embs

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is the optical analogue of ultrasound that was invented about 20 years ago at MIT.? OCT provides the ability to acquire cross-sectional images from biological tissue with much better resolution than ultrasound.? It was recognized that OCT can have an impact in the field of ophthalmology where high-resolution cross-sectional images of the retina were not available and would be of clinical value.? However, it took about 10 years for the market to evolve and the technology to mature before OCT gained acceptance in the field of ophthalmology.? Recent scientific advances have dramatically improved the technical performance of OCT and further improved its clinical utility and impact.? Today, OCT has become a clinical standard in ophthalmology and an important diagnostic tool for managing retinal diseases.? There are now nine companies developing OCT instruments for ophthalmology and many others are exploring applications of OCT technology in clinical fields such as cardiology, dermatology, and gastroenterology.
Tony Ko will discuss the development of OCT from the university research labs to everyday clinical use in ophthalmology at the February 17 meeting of the Santa Clara Valley Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society.? The successful transfer of OCT into ophthalmology is an interesting case study in the many factors that contribute to the acceptance of a new technology into medicine.

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