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    1. New Data Further Emphasize the Clinical Benefits of St. Jude Medical’s OCT Technology

      New Data Further Emphasize the Clinical Benefits of St. Jude Medical’s OCT Technology

      St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ), a global medical device company, today announced preliminary results from the ILUMIEN I trial and final results from the ILUMIEN II clinical study. Taken together, the findings from both studies show that with resolution up to 10 times higher than intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging can help improve stent selection and deployment, better support clinical decision-making and improve patient outcomes. Data from both studies were presented today as late-breaking clinical trials at EuroPCR 2015, and further advance the use of OCT imaging alongside percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). During PCI procedures, physicians ...

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    2. First International OCT Angiography Summit, Portland Oregon, July 25, 2015

      First International OCT Angiography Summit, Portland Oregon, July 25, 2015

      The OCT Angiography Summit CME conference introduces the new no-injection, dye-free imaging technology to the clinical audience. OCT angiography detects the intrinsic motion contrast of blood cells and therefore does not require the injection of extrinsic contrast such as fluorescein or ICG dye. This breakthrough technology is capable of three-dimensional imaging of capillary dropout or pathologic vessel growth in the leading cause of blindness: age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. This technology may likely lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatment decisions. Meeting link http://www.octangio.net/#!oct-angiography-summit/mainPage

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    3. Avinger Announces 30-Day VISION Trial Results at EuroPCR 2015

      Avinger Announces 30-Day VISION Trial Results at EuroPCR 2015

      Avinger, Inc., (Nasdaq: AVGR ) a developer and manufacturer of image-guided, catheter-based systems for the treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and pioneer of the lumivascular approach to treating vascular disease, today announced 30-day interim results for its VISION clinical study. VISION is designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the Pantheris™ system to perform directional atherectomy, while for the first time ever allowing physicians to use real-time intravascular imaging to aid in the removal of plaque from diseased lower extremity arteries. Results were presented by Arne Schwindt, M.D. of St. Franziskus Hospital in Muenster, Germany at the EuroPCR ...

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    4. Micro-Tech Developing a SS-OCT Endoscopic System for Gastroenterology

      Micro-Tech Developing a SS-OCT Endoscopic System for Gastroenterology

      Micro-Tech an medical company in China established in 1999 is developing a SS-OCT endoscopic system. The system was shown at DDW 2015 and was developed by Jiefeng Xi a Principle Engineer at Micro-Tech and former PhD student at Johns Hopkins who graduated in July 2014. For more information click HERE .

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    5. University of Alabama Receives NIH Grant for Developing a Clinical and Translation Core Related to Cystic Fibrosis

      University of Alabama Receives NIH Grant  for Developing a Clinical and Translation Core Related to Cystic Fibrosis

      University of Alabama Receives a 2015 NIH Grant for $193,380 for Developing a Clinical and Translation Core related to Cystic Fibrosis. The principal investigator is steven Rowe. The program began in 2015 and ends in 2016. Below is a summary of the proposed work. Numerous investigators within the current P30 application have indicated a need for 1) primary human airway epithelial cells (from lung transplantation) or nasal epithelial cells from CF and non-CF individuals; 2) measurements of the functional anatomy of respiratory epithelia that track airway surface liquid homeostasis, ciliary beating, and mucociliary transport; or 3) CFTR bioelectric assays ...

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    6. University of Maryland Receives NIH Grant for Three-Dimensional Image-Guided Development and Optimization of Molecular Regulating Bone Regenerative Scaffolds

      University of Maryland Receives NIH Grant for Three-Dimensional Image-Guided Development and Optimization of Molecular Regulating Bone Regenerative Scaffolds

      University of Maryland Receives a 2015 NIH Grant for $320.744 for Three-Dimensional Image-Guided Development and Optimization of Molecular Regulating Bone Regenerative Scaffolds. The principal investigator is Yu Chen. Below is a summary of the propose work. Three-dimensional (3D) cell-based tissue grafts have been increasingly useful in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. A critical building block in tissue engineering is the scaffold which can act as the supporting medium to deliver cell populations and induce the ingrowth of vessels and surrounding tissues. Therefore, it is necessary to develop tools to characterize the architecture of the scaffold. In addition, to study ...

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    7. Symposium: Incorporation of OCT Angiography into Clinical Practice, Drug Development and Clinical Trials: Opportunities and Pitfalls. June 6th 2015, Rome, Italy

      Symposium: Incorporation of OCT Angiography into Clinical Practice, Drug Development and Clinical Trials: Opportunities and Pitfalls.  June 6th 2015, Rome, Italy

      A symposium is scheduled on June 6th in Rome Italy on the Incorporation of OCT Angiography into Clinical Practice, Drug Development and Clinical Trials: Opportunities and Pitfalls. For more information click HERE .

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    8. New Clinical Data Using the NvisionVLE® Imaging System to be Presented at Digestive Disease Week® 2015

      New Clinical Data Using the NvisionVLE® Imaging System to be Presented at Digestive Disease Week® 2015

      NinePoint Medical, Inc. , an emerging leader in the development of medical devices for advanced imaging, today announced that new clinical data relating to its proprietary NvisionVLE ® Imaging System, will be presented in a series of oral and poster presentations during Digestive Disease Week ® (DDW ® ) 2015. The annual meeting will take place May 16-19th in Washington, DC. The schedule for scientific presentations related to advanced optical coherence tomography (OCT) and the NvisionVLE ® Imaging System at DDW 2015 is provided below. SATURDAY, May 16, 2015 Three posters will be presented on Saturday, May 16 at 9:30am in Hall C of Walter ...

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    9. Erasmus MC plans to appoint a PhD candidate in the field Intravascular Optical Coherence Tomography (Heartbeat OCT)

      Erasmus MC plans to appoint a PhD candidate in the field Intravascular Optical Coherence Tomography (Heartbeat OCT)

      Job description In the project Heartbeat OCT we will realize a superfast optical imaging system for use in the coronary arteries, the blood vessels around the heart. Patients who get treated after e.g. a heart attack often benefit from intravascular imaging to guide the treatment. Since the heart is a moving organ, slow imaging can cause motion blur, making the imaging less precise. If the imaging is fast enough, it is possible to image an entire artery in the short time between two heart beats, when the heart does not move. In the present project, we will develop the ...

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    10. Principal Engineer II - Software Opening at Alcon

      Principal Engineer II - Software Opening at Alcon

      Position Description: Provide technical leadership to software design, development, installation and testing solutions needed to achieve proof of concept milestones for Visualization R&D projects. Responsible for the selection, design, implementation, validation, and documentation of algorithms and tools. Will work and collaborate within multidisciplinary teams to achieve project milestones. Alcon is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participacates in E-Verify. As part of the Novartis Group of Companies, Alcon takes pride in maintaining a diverse environment and our policies are not to discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin ...

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    11. Massachusetts General Hospital Receives NIH Grant for Intracoronary Imaging of Plaque Collagen in Patients.

      Massachusetts General Hospital Receives NIH Grant for Intracoronary Imaging of Plaque Collagen in Patients.

      Massachusetts General Hospital Received a 2015 NIH Grant for $780,355 for Intracoronary Imaging of Plaque Collagen in Patients. The principal investigator is Seemantini Nadkarni. The program began in 2014 and ends in 2018. Below is a summary of the proposed work. The goal of this proposal is to develop and validate an intracoronary imaging device for the assessment of plaque collagen content and architecture in patients. Acute myocardial infarction (AMI), caused by the rupture of unstable plaque, is the leading cause of death worldwide. Collagen and vascular smooth muscle cells (vSMCs) together impart mechanical stability to a plaque, and ...

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    12. NIDEK launches MP-3 Microperimeter

      NIDEK launches MP-3 Microperimeter

      NIDEK CO., LTD., a global leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of ophthalmic, optometric, and lens edging equipment, is pleased to announce the launch of the MP-3 Microperimeter. Assessment of retinal morphology has advanced significantly due to the introduction of Optical Coherence Tomography into clinical practice. Advances in the functional evaluation of retinal pathology are due to the use of the microperimeter. The MP-3 measures local retinal sensitivity for functional assessment of the retina. The results can be displayed over a color fundus image, correlating retinal anatomy to retinal function. For enhanced clinical assessment, the MP-3 now includes a ...

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    13. Feature Of The Week 5/10/2015: Laser Tissue Coagulation and Concurrent Optical Coherence Tomography Through a Double-Clad Fiber Coupler

      Feature Of The Week 5/10/2015: Laser Tissue Coagulation and Concurrent Optical Coherence Tomography Through a Double-Clad Fiber Coupler

      This work is the result of a collaboration between researchers from Professor Caroline Boudoux’s team from Polytechnique Montréal (Canada) and Professor Brett E. Bouma’s team at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine (MGH, Boston). The goal is to assess whether OCT-guided biopsy could benefit from the use of double-clad fiber (DCF). DCF allows a single channel fiber-optic probe to be shared: i.e. the core propagating the OCT signal while the inner cladding delivers the coagulation laser light used for laser marking. DCF is herein used in conjunction with a double-clad fiber coupler (DCFC) to enable simultaneous and ...

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    14. University of Iowa Receives NIH grant for 3D Image Analysis Approach to Determine Severity and Cause of Optical Nerve Edema

      University of Iowa Receives  NIH grant for 3D Image Analysis Approach to Determine Severity and Cause of Optical Nerve Edema

      University of Iowa Received a 2015 NIH grant for $332,955 for 3D Image Analysis Approach to Determine Severity and Cause of Optical Nerve Edema. The principal investigator is Mona Garvin. The program began in 2013 and ends in 12018. Below is a summary of the proposed work. Currently, the clinical assessment of optic nerve swelling is limited by the subjective ophthalmoscopic evaluation by experts in order to diagnose and differentiate the cause of the optic disc edema. The long-term goal of our research effort is to develop automated 3D image-analysis approaches for the identification of an optimal set of ...

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    15. Massachusetts General Hospital Receives NIH Grant for OCTOLOGY: Histology Using Optical Coherence Tomography

      Massachusetts General Hospital Receives NIH Grant for OCTOLOGY: Histology Using Optical Coherence Tomography

      Massachusetts General Hospital Receives a 2015 NIH Grant for $217,500 for OCTOLOGY: Histology Using Optical Coherence Tomography. The principal investigator is Bruce Fischl. The program began in 2015 and ends in 2017. Below is a summary of the proposed work. While histology remains the gold standard for assessing human neuroanatomy, the procedures for sectioning and hand mounting tissue for microscopic imaging are not substantially different than they were 100 years ago. These steps introduce irremediable distortions into the tissue sections making it difficult or impossible to align sections with suffiient accuracy to create 3D histological volumes at the micron ...

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    16. University of Maryland Receives NIH Grant for Identification of AF Ablation Targets via a Steerable Actuated Catheter

      University of Maryland Receives NIH Grant for Identification of AF Ablation Targets via a Steerable Actuated Catheter

      University of Maryland Receives a 2015 NIH Grant for $222,800 for Identification of AF Ablation Targets via a Steerable Actuated Catheter. The principal investigator is Jaydev Desai. The program began in 2015 and ends in 2017. Below is a summary of the proposed work. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and has high patient morbidity, increases mortality two-fold, and increases health care costs. Each year, about 200,000 Americans are newly diagnosed with AF with a prevalence of several million in the U.S. alone. In the majority of cases, AF has been shown to originate ...

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    17. Columbia University Receives NIH Grant for Structural and Functional Progression of Glaucomatous Damage to the Macula

      Columbia University Receives NIH Grant for Structural and Functional Progression of Glaucomatous Damage to the Macula

      Columbia University Receives 2015 NIH Grant for $400,000 for Structural and Functional Progression of Glaucomatous Damage to the Macula. The principal investigator is Carlos Gustavo De Moraes. The program began in 20125 and ends in 2018. Below is a summary of the propose work. There is compelling evidence that glaucomatous damage to the macula occurs even in early stages of the disease. The macula comprises about 30% of all retinal ganglion cells and its information corresponds to over 50% of the visual cortex. However, glaucomatous damage to the macula is often missed in clinical practice. Some of the reasons ...

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    18. University of California Irvine Receives NIH Grant for Phase Resolved ARF Optical Coherence Elastography for Intravascular Imaging

      University of California Irvine Receives NIH Grant for Phase Resolved ARF Optical Coherence Elastography for Intravascular Imaging

      University of California Irvine Receives a 2015 NIH Grant for $664,990 for Phase Resolved ARF Optical Coherence Elastography for Intravascular Imaging. The principal investigator is Zhongping Chan The program began in 2014 and ends in 2018. Below is a summary of the proposed work. The broad, long term objective of the proposed grant is to develop an integrated multimodal intravascular imaging system that combines intravascular optical coherence tomography (OCT), ultrasound (US), and phase-resolved acoustic radiation force optical coherence elastography (ARF-OCE). The multimodal intravascular imaging system is unique in that it combines the advantages of the high spatial resolution of ...

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    19. Massachusetts General Hospital Receives NIH Grant for High Resolution Optical Imaging

      Massachusetts General Hospital Receives NIH Grant for High Resolution Optical Imaging

      Massachusetts General Hospital Receives a 2015 NIH Grant for $285,859 for High Resolution Optical Imaging. The principal investigator is David Boas. The program began in 2015 and ends in 2015. Below is a summary of the proposed work.

      This core will support the theme of functional coupling between glial, endothelial, and neuronal cells by using both in vivo and in vitro novel optical imaging to dissect the mechanisms of brain plasticity after cerebral ischemia . Novel optical imaging technologies have unique capability to measure the dynamics of glia, endothelium, and neurons as well as hemodynamic, metabolic, and electrophysiologic responses upon ...

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    20. Michelson Diagnostics launches next generation OCT System – VivoSight Dx

      Michelson Diagnostics launches next generation OCT System – VivoSight Dx

      Michelson Diagnostics, the UK based medical device company focused on multi-beam Optical Coherence Tomography (‘OCT’) technology, today announces the launch of VivoSight Dx, the Company’s second generation OCT system, at the German Society of Dermatology 48 th Congress 2015 (DDG 2015), 29 th April – 2 nd May 2015, Berlin. VivoSight Dx is aimed at dermatologists seeking an imaging system that will enhance their ability to make rapid, accurate diagnostic decisions for their patients. It is lighter, more compact and more mobile than the first generation OCT system, enabling its use in a consulting room at short notice. VivoSight Dx ...

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    21. Postdoctoral position in biomedical optics at Medical University of Vienna

      Postdoctoral position in biomedical optics at Medical University of Vienna

      A position for a postdoctoral scientist is available at the Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at the Medical University of Vienna (MUW). The position is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) project OPTIMALZ. OPTIMALZ aims to develop and apply optical imaging of ocular pathology in Alzheimer’s disease. The successful candidate will develop microscopic imaging methods comprising optical coherence tomography and fluorescence imaging for the assessment of ocular and cerebral pathology. He/she will work in a multidisciplinary team covering expertise in physics, computer science, medicine, biology, and veterinary medicine. Strong communication skills are a must. With ...

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    22. Landmark VivoSight OCT clinical study published in British Journal of Dermatology

      Landmark VivoSight OCT clinical study published in British Journal of Dermatology

      Results demonstrate clinical value of OCT in basal cell carcinoma diagnosis Michelson Diagnostics, the UK-based medical device company focused on multi-beam Optical Coherence Tomography (‘OCT’) technology, today announces the publication on-line in the British Journal of Dermatology of the full results from an independent clinical study that demonstrates for the first time the clinical value of OCT in the diagnosis of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) 1 . This observational, prospective, multi-centre study was conducted using the Company’s VivoSight multi-beam OCT device. This study highlights that using VivoSight OCT is an efficient, non-invasive way to diagnose BCC and has the potential ...

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    23. Feature Of The Week 4/26/2015: Optical Teardown of a Kindle Paperwhite Display by OCT

      Feature Of The Week 4/26/2015: Optical Teardown of a Kindle Paperwhite Display by OCT

      The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is an advanced electronic book reader that features a black and white electrophoretic display as well as capacitive multitouch screen capability and an internal lightguide with an optical scattering layer to provide uniform, white light illumination. Teardowns, where a new electronic gadget is disassembled and photographed are commonly found on technically oriented web sites. Here we perform an “optical teardown” of the first generation Kindle Paperwhite display by Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). All the display layers can be imaged by OCT as well as the thin film transistor array on the back side for driving the ...

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