Optovue Announces FDA 510(k) Clearance for iVue SD-OCT
Optovue, a pioneer in fourier/spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT), has announced that the new iVue compact SD-OCT has received FDA 510(k) clearance on April 29, 2010.
"The iVue compact SD-OCT was officially launched outside the United States in January of this year, and we have seen very high demand - as expected - in the first quarter," stated Paul Kealey, Vice President of Marketing for Optovue. "This regulatory clearance for the US market allows us to offer the benefits of advanced OCT imaging to more segments within eye care, where the economic feasibility of the larger systems simply did not work. The iVue begins the next phase of the OCT revolution in the US that started with the RTVue launch in 2006."
The iVue compact SD-OCT system is delivered on a standard slit lamp style base and is comprised of a small scanning head (4.5 lbs / 2.2 kg), a control module, laptop PC and foot switch. The system can be mounted to a small table and may have other mounting options in the near future for other eye care environments.
About RTVue and iVue
RTVue was the first FDA cleared Fourier domain (also known as spectral domain) OCT launched in the United States, and also the first OCT cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for both corneal and retinal imaging. The iVue is the compact fourier-domain version of the RTVue OCT, offering the same scanning speed and resolution as the larger system, that includes scanning and reports for retina, retina nerve fiber and cornea assessment by the clinician.
Optovue Incorporated is a privately-held ophthalmic device company dedicated to working with eye care professionals and clinical researchers to lead the commercialization of new imaging modalities that improve diagnosis and therapy of ocular disease. Optovue has achieved widespread market success through a combination of unique data analysis design, a reputation for excellent customer service, and rapid innovation of its technology in response to physician feedback. The company is headquartered in Fremont, CA, with operations in Carlsbad, CA and European operations in Heidelberg, Germany.