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    1. Optical Coherence Tomography Conference at the University of Manchester December 3rd 2014

      Optical Coherence Tomography Conference at the University of Manchester December 3rd 2014

      We invite you to join us for an exciting day discussing recent developments in optical coherence tomography (OCT). This follows on our successful meeting in 2011. The meeting will be organised around 2-3 invited talks, technical sessions with poster sessions interspersed. We hope this meeting will be of interest to a broad audience coming from industry, clinics and academia. There is no fee for this meeting, however registration is required. Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided for attendants. Please email Mark.Dickinson@manchester.ac.uk or P.H.Tomlins@qmul.ac.uk or N.Krstajic@ed.ac.uk in ...

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    2. MedLumics Introduces NITID Skin Imaging System at EADV

      MedLumics Introduces NITID Skin Imaging System at EADV

      MedLumics, a medical imaging company specializing in advanced optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology, debuted its NITID TM skin imaging system at the 23 rd Annual European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Congress in Amsterdam. NITID is a handheld diagnostic device designed to help dermatologists quickly and minimally invasively diagnose skin cancer. Once approved by regulatory bodies, it will be the first point-of-care OCT imaging device that can produce dynamic, real-time, high-resolution diagnostic images with tissue penetration capability of up to two millimeters. “NITID is the result of a decade of research in optical miniaturization technology, and we are thrilled to ...

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    3. TEMATYS is pleased to announce the release of its new market and technology report "Optical Coherence Tomography for Healthcare and Life Science: Technology and Market Trends"

      TEMATYS is pleased to announce the release of its new market and technology report "Optical Coherence Tomography for Healthcare and Life Science: Technology and Market Trends"

      Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a mature technology well-established on the ophthalmology market. Currently, the ophthalmology OCT market has been slowing down for the last years. However, despite the saturation of the OCT ophthalmology market in developed countries, the OCT market for healthcare and life science is still expected to grow from around € 500M in 2013 to around € 1b in 2019. Strong demand from new biomedical applications, continuous development of innovative technologies, strong demand from developing countries will drive the OCT market growth. The present report provides market forecasts from 2014 to 2019 for the healthcare applications of OCT as ...

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    4. Feature of the Week 10/19/14: Automated Classification of Optical Coherence Tomography Images for the Diagnosis of Oral Malignancy in the Hamster Cheek Pouch

      Feature of the Week 10/19/14: Automated Classification of Optical Coherence Tomography Images for the Diagnosis of Oral Malignancy in the Hamster Cheek Pouch

      Most studies evaluating the potential of optical coherence tomography (OCT) for the diagnosis of oral cancer are based on visual assessment of OCT B-scans by trained experts. Human interpretation of the large pool of data acquired by modern high-speed OCT systems, however, can be cumbersome and extremely time consuming. Development of image analysis methods for automated and quantitative OCT image analysis could therefore facilitate the evaluation of such a large volume of data. We report automated algorithms for quantifying structural features that are associated with the malignant transformation of the oral epithelium based on image processing of OCT data. The ...

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    5. Abbott Expands Cataract Surgery Product Portfolio through U.S. Distribution Agreement with Carl Zeiss Meditec

      Abbott Expands Cataract Surgery Product Portfolio through U.S. Distribution Agreement with Carl Zeiss Meditec

      Abbott and Carl Zeiss Meditec announced today that they have entered into a nonexclusive commercial collaboration in the United States. Under this agreement, Abbott will offer each company’s suite of cataract surgery products when developing clinical and contracting solutions with customers in the United States. This comprehensive offering, including synergistic diagnostics, visualization systems, lens extraction systems, and intraocular lenses, provides surgeons with access to a complete cataract surgery portfolio to assist them in maximizing visual outcomes and streamlining patient flow. "Together with surgeons, Abbott is committed to delivering unsurpassed visual outcomes to patients," said Murthy Simhambhatla, Ph.D., senior ...

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    6. HEYEX PACS™: The Next Generation Image Management and Device Integration Platform

      HEYEX PACS™: The Next Generation Image Management and Device Integration Platform

      Heidelberg Engineering GmbH announces an ophthalmic picture archiving and communication system (PACS) platform at AAO 2014 in Chicago. “This new picture archiving and communication system (PACS) is a big step forward for our customers,” said Dr. Kester Nahen, Managing Director of Heidelberg Engineering. “The HEYEX PACS software platform will not only support Heidelberg Engineering devices but also integrate imaging devices of other manufacturers and diagnostic data into a centralized database. This will enable our customers to access, review, and compare all clinical images in one central application. HEYEX PACS allows us to offer a comprehensive image management and device integration ...

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    7. Feature Of The Week 10/12/14: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Investigates PS-OCT with Ultimate Aim of Intraoperative Breast Cancer Tumor Margin Assessment

      Feature Of The Week 10/12/14: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Investigates PS-OCT with Ultimate Aim of Intraoperative Breast Cancer Tumor Margin Assessment

      Successful treatment of breast cancer typically requires surgical removal of the tumor. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has been previously developed for real-time imaging of the surgical margin. However, it can be difficult to distinguish between normal stromal tissue and cancer tissue based on scattering intensity and structure alone. Polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) is sensitive to form birefringence of biological tissue. We report on the development of a high-speed PS-OCT system and imaging of ex vivo human breast tissue, showing enhanced contrast between healthy and cancerous tissues based upon collagen content confirmed with corresponding histology. These results demonstrate the feasibility ...

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    8. Michelson Diagnostics launches new improved version of VivoSight OCT scanner with Micro-Camera to aid skin cancer diagnosis

      Michelson Diagnostics launches new improved version of VivoSight OCT scanner with Micro-Camera to aid skin cancer diagnosis

      Michelson Diagnostics, the UK based medical device company focused on multi-beam Optical Coherence Tomography (‘OCT’) technology, announces the launch of a new improved version of its innovative VivoSight OCT scanner at the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) Annual Meeting, 8-12 October, Amsterdam. The VivoSight scanner probe is now equipped with a new Micro Camera that provides the user with a real-time, colour, magnified view of the skin lesion being scanned. The new Micro Camera image is shown simultaneously with the vertical and en face OCT images, making the VivoSight scanner the only dermatological clinical OCT device to provide ...

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    9. PhD student position in optical imaging at the Medical University of Vienna

      PhD student position in optical imaging at the Medical University of Vienna

      Description: One PhD student position and one postdoc position are open now in the Drexler Lab at the Medical University of Vienna in Austria, Europe. Successful applicants will work under the supervision of Prof. Wolfgang Drexler. For information about the Drexler Lab and Prof. Drexler, please check the following links: http://www.zmpbmt.meduniwien.ac.at/index.php?id=337 and http://www.zmpbmt.meduniwien.ac.at/team/drexler-wolfgang/ . As a world known group in biomedical optical imaging for optical coherence tomography ( OCT ), we are now pushing the frontiers of OCT by combining it with multiple photoacoustic imaging modalities. Our ...

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    10. Academic Post Doc Position in Biomedical Optics at the Medical University Vienna

      Academic Post Doc Position in Biomedical Optics at the Medical University Vienna

      An academic PostDoc position is available from December 1, 2014 in the Biomedical Optics Division, Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering. Depending on the candidates’ research record the position may be continued as tenure track after the first two to three years. We offer an academic position at an international highly recognized research institute in the field of biomedical imaging with strong interdisciplinary (door to door) collaboration with clinicians as well as biologists. Our research group is developing novel coherent biomedical imaging methods to pave the way from pure structural to functional tissue and cell metabolic imaging. This involves ...

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    11. OHSU Receives a NIH Grant for Functional Optical Coherence Tomography-Derived Biomarkers for Diabetic Retinopathy

      OHSU Receives a NIH Grant for Functional Optical Coherence Tomography-Derived Biomarkers for Diabetic Retinopathy

      Oregon Health & Science University Receives a 2014 NIH Grant for $1,1036,724 for Functional Optical Coherence Tomography-Derived Biomarkers for Diabetic Retinopathy. The principal investigator is Yali Jia. The program geban in 2014 and ends in 2017. Below is a summary of the proposed work. Diabetic retinopathy (DR), associated with long-term diabetes mellitus, is a leading cause of blindness in the US. Structural optical coherence tomography (OCT) has become the standard method for evaluating diabetic macular edema; however, fluorescein angiography (FA), which requires an invasive intravenous dye injection, is still needed to assess capillary dropout and confirm neovascularization. Recently, we ...

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    12. Praevium Research Receives NIH Grant for VCSEL Technology for Ultrahigh Speed OCT Retinal and Anterior Eye Imaging.

      Praevium Research Receives NIH Grant for VCSEL Technology for Ultrahigh Speed OCT Retinal and Anterior Eye Imaging.

      Praevium Research Receives a 2014 NIH Grant for $426,962 for VCSEL Technology for Ultrahigh Speed OCT Retinal and Anterior Eye Imaging. The principal investigator is Vijaysekhar Jayaraman. The program began in 2012 and ends in 2015. Below is a summary of the proposed work. The ultimate goal of this program is to enable a new generation of high performance, low cost ophthalmic Optical Coherence Tomography OCT technology based on new MEMS-tunable vertical cavity surface-emitting laser (MEMS-VCSEL) swept light sources. This will be accomplished by developing, validating, and commercializing VCSEL technology for swept source OCT (SS-OCT) at 850nm and 1050nm ...

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    13. UCLA Receives NIH Grant for An Intraocular Robotic Surgical System for Cataract Surgery Project.

      UCLA Receives NIH Grant for An Intraocular Robotic Surgical System for Cataract Surgery Project.

      University of California Los Angeles Receives a 2014 NIH Grant for $46,275 for An Intraocular Robotic Surgical System for Cataract Surgery Project. The principal investigator is Jean-Pierre Hubschman. The program began in 2014 and ends in 2016. Below is a summary of the propose work. Surgical outcomes have been dramatically improved in the last 2 decades through the integration of new technologies including among other innovative visualization systems and robotic assistance. We think that cataract surgery can also benefit from these advancements and we envision that cataract surgery will possibly be entirely performed in fifteen years from now by ...

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    14. Bioptigen Receives NIH Grant for Intrasurgical Optical Coherence Tomography

      Bioptigen Receives NIH Grant for Intrasurgical Optical Coherence Tomography

      Bioptigen Receives 2014 NIH Grant for $225,000 for Intrasurgical Optical Coherence Tomography. The principal investigator is Eric Buckland. THe program begain in 2014 and ends in 2015. Below is a summary of the proposed work. Each year, over 20 million ophthalmic surgeries are performed worldwide. Indications for ophthalmic surgery include potentially blinding diseases, such as cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, macular disease, and retinal detachment. Surgeons performing these delicate procedures are challenged by the translucent nature of tissues in the eye, making it nearly impossible to visualize microstructural changes during surgery. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-contact, optical imaging modality ...

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    15. Sinoora Incorporated Receives NIH Grant for On-Chip OCT for Ophthalmology Applications

      Sinoora Incorporated Receives NIH Grant for On-Chip OCT for Ophthalmology Applications

      Sinoora Incorporated Receives a 2014 NIH Grant for $149,999 for On-Chip OCT for Ophthalmology Applications. The principal investigator is Murtaza Askari. Below is a summary of the proposed work. Sinoora Inc. proposes to develop an on-chip spectral domain-optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) system for ophthalmic applications. Phase I will concentrate on demonstrating the passive optical components of the OCT system on a single chip. The passive components include a spectrometer, coupler and an interferometer. These on- chip components will then be integrated with an off-chip broadband source and detector array to demonstrate OCT functionality. In Phase II, Sinoora will also ...

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    16. Feature Of The Week 10/5/14: Design and Testing of Handheld Scanning Probe Prototypes for Optical Coherence Tomography

      Feature Of The Week 10/5/14: Design and Testing of Handheld Scanning Probe Prototypes for Optical Coherence Tomography

      Three simple and low-cost configurations of handheld scanning probes for optical coherence tomography have been developed. Their design and testing for dentistry applications are presented. The first two configurations were built exclusively from available off-the-shelf optomechanical components, which, to the best of our knowledge, are the first designs of this type. The third configuration includes these components in an optimized and ergonomic probe. All the designs are presented in detail to allow for their duplication in any laboratory with a minimum effort, for applications that range from educational to high-end clinical investigations. Requirements that have to be fulfilled to achieve ...

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    17. Widefield OCT with SPECTRALIS

      Widefield OCT with SPECTRALIS

      Heidelberg Engineering GmbH has announced a new widefield OCT imaging modality for its SPECTRALIS OCT family of products. The technology was first presented at the EURETINA-ESCRS congress in London. Spectral-domain OCT has become an indispensable technology for eye care professionals aiding in the diagnosis and follow-up of patients with a variety of diseases including glaucoma, Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy. Until recently, the area scanned during an examination has been limited to a 30° field of view. The new Widefield OCT module for the SPECTRALIS expands the OCT field of view to 55°. The new Widefield OCT module ...

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    18. University of Maryland Receives NIH Grant for Monitoring Photo-Immunotherapy Using Multi-Channel Multi-Modal Imaging Needles

      University of Maryland Receives NIH Grant for Monitoring Photo-Immunotherapy Using Multi-Channel Multi-Modal Imaging Needles

      University of Maryland Receives a 2014 NIH Grant for $76,000 for Monitoring Photo-Immunotherapy Using Multi-Channel Multi-Modal Imaging Needles. The principal investigator is Yu Chen. The program began in 2014 and ends in 2016. Below is a summary of the proposed work. Photo-immunotherapy (PIT) is an emerging low-side-effect cancer therapy based on monoclonal antibody (mAb) conjugated with a near-infrared (NIR) phthalocyanine dye (IR700) that induces rapid cellular necrosis after exposure to near infrared light. Although single administration of the therapy (agent + light) was highly effective, recurrences were observed due to the inhomogeneous mAb-IR700 distribution in the tumor. Repeated therapy has ...

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    19. Infraredx Receives Regulatory Approval of TVC Imaging System in Japan

      Infraredx Receives Regulatory Approval of TVC Imaging System in Japan

      Infraredx, Inc., a medical device company committed to advancing the diagnosis and management of coronary artery disease, today announced that its first-in-class, dual-modality intravascular imaging technology, TVC Imaging System™, and its TVC Insight™ Catheter received Shonin approval from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW). The TVC System makes it possible to determine the structure and chemical composition of the coronary plaques that complicate stenting, and are associated with heart attacks. The TVC Imaging System console and catheter will be exclusively distributed by Goodman, a subsidiary of Osaka-based Nipro Corporation, which has extensive experience commercializing IVUS and other ...

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    20. Bioptigen to Receive Grants Totaling $1.72 Million from the National Eye Institute for Development of Intraoperative SD-OCT

      Bioptigen to Receive Grants Totaling $1.72 Million  from the National Eye Institute for Development of Intraoperative SD-OCT

      Bioptigen announced today that the U.S. National Eye Institute, has allocated a total of $1.72 Million in grants to Bioptigen Inc. for development of microscope integrated intraoperative OCT technology. Presently, perioperative OCT imaging is performed using a hand-held probe, or by mounting such a probe to the surgical microscope. Under the new NEI grant, Bioptigen will advance development of a novel intraoperative OCT system integrated directly into the optical train of the surgical microscope. "The work advanced under these grants will bring surgeons one step closer to realizing the full value of intraoperative OCT," said Dr. Eric Buckland ...

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    21. Feature Of The Week 9/28/14: National Taiwan University Reports on Full-depth epidermis tomography using a Mirau-based full-field OCT

      Feature Of The Week 9/28/14: National Taiwan University Reports on Full-depth epidermis tomography using a Mirau-based full-field OCT

      All living things are made of cells. Most living organisms are single cells; others, such as human bodies, are vast multicellular cities with an aggregation of more than 10 billion cells. Non-invasive and high speed imaging of cells and tissues with sub-micron resolution could help unveil functions of living organisms, and facilitate disease/cancer diagnosis, new drug development, etc. Such an imaging modality is one of the key technologies to detect disease and cancer in the early stage so that the ever-escalating medical cost could be controlled. At the same time, biomedical discovery often originated from technology advancement. Optical coherence ...

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    22. Feature Of The Week 9/21/14: National University of Singapore Investigates OCT as a Tool for Characterization of Complex Biological Surfaces Including Morphology of Crab Shells

      Feature Of The Week 9/21/14: National University of Singapore Investigates OCT as a Tool for Characterization of Complex Biological Surfaces Including Morphology of Crab Shells

      The advent of scanning electron microscopy has facilitated our understanding of the In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the study of natural biological surfaces in the search for novel solutions in surface engineering design from nature. Most methods for surface imaging of natural biological samples are however, sacrificial and require that samples be sectioned and prepared for characterization. One example is the use of the scanning electron microscope (SEM) to obtain detailed images of microtopography, where a section of the specimen is cut and sputter coated with electrically conductive material like gold or platinum for scanning ...

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    23. Orion is in Beta - Voxeleron prepares the release of their advanced OCT analysis software

      Orion is in Beta - Voxeleron prepares the release of their advanced OCT analysis software

      Orion™, Voxeleron’s advanced optical coherence tomography (OCT) analysis software, is currently being beta tested at a number of sites in the USA and Europe in preparation for release. Orion™ is an application that offers fully-automated, rapid and accurate segmentation of seven layers in OCT images of the human retina. Following the successful release of InSight , Voxeleron’s animal OCT package, Orion™ establishes Voxeleron as leaders in the development of OCT image analysis software. "The Orion software gives us the ability to measure the thickness of the nuclear layers in isolation, so is a welcome addition to our quantification tools ...

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    24. St. Jude Medical Announces Launch of OPTIS Integrated System

      St. Jude Medical Announces Launch of OPTIS Integrated System

      The OPTIS™ Integrated System combines OCT imaging with angiography to provide more detailed, on-demand coronary assessment for more accurate PCI guidanc e St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ), a global medical device company, today announced the company has secured CE Mark and FDA clearance for the new OPTIS Integrated System. The system is a departure from traditional, mobile cart-based diagnostic tools and advances percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) optimization via direct installation into a hospital’s cardiac catheterization laboratory, fully integrating optical coherence tomography (OCT) and fractional flow reserve (FFR) into PCI workflow. The approval of the OPTIS Integrated system marks ...

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