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    1. Leading Irish University Bio-Photonics Laboratory And Compact Imaging Extend Agreement For Innovative Research Collaboration

      Leading Irish University Bio-Photonics Laboratory And Compact Imaging Extend Agreement For Innovative Research Collaboration

      NUI Galway’s TOMI Lab Provides Globally-Recognized Scientific Leadership for Advanced Development of Company’s Mobile OCT Technology The National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) ( www.nuigalway.com.ie ) and Compact Imaging, Inc. (CI) ( www.compactimaging.com ) today jointly announced the extension of their innovative research collaboration in the field of optical coherence tomography (OCT) for a variety of applications, including mobile health monitoring and identity verification. The research agreement will continue the advanced development of CI’s novel multiple reference OCT sensor technology, MRO™, very small, low cost, low operating power OCT architecture ideal for high volume mobile ...

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    2. Post Doctoral Position Opening at The Coherence Imaging Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

      Post Doctoral Position Opening at The Coherence Imaging Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

      The Coherence Imaging Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks a highly motivated Postdoc to perform research in ultrahigh-resolution optical coherence tomography (UHR-OCT). Research activities will involve optical system construction and data acquisition hardware and software. They will also involve biological studies of cells and tissues primarily related to our lab's ongoing efforts in Marine Biology. Candidates with a strong background in optics and data acquisition are particularly sought, but should also demonstrate a genuine interest in biological and biomedical science. A demonstrated record of publication in peer-reviewed journals is required to be competitive for ...

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    3. Feature Of The Week 11/16/14: In Vivo Analysis of Burns in a Mouse Model using Spectroscopic OCT

      Feature Of The Week 11/16/14: In Vivo Analysis of Burns in a Mouse Model using Spectroscopic OCT

      Evaluation of burn severity is a significant clinical problem with over 2 million burns reported each year in the United States [1]. The magnitude of this clinical need has inspired the development of many technologies to assess burn depth, but none of these have been widely adopted as clinical judgment still relies primarily on visual inspection, with an accuracy of about 70% [2]. A recent study by researchers at Duke University used spectroscopic optical coherence tomography (OCT) to evaluate burned animal tissues in vivo. Spectroscopic OCT is an extension of conventional OCT that can measure depth-resolved scattering and absorption spectra ...

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    4. Institute of Physics and University of Manchester Optical Coherence Tomography II Meeting December 3rd Manchester UK

      Institute of Physics and University of Manchester Optical Coherence Tomography II Meeting December 3rd Manchester UK

      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. We hope this meeting will be of interest to a broad audience coming from industry, clinics and academia. Send us your talk and poster abstracts! Topics include, but are not limited to: Clinical applications of OCT (e.g. ophthalmology, cardiology, dermatology) Industrial applications of OCT (e.g. nondestructive testing) Life science applications in OCT (e.g. cell biology, tissue engineering) Multimodal applications including OCT (e.g. combination of fluorescence, Raman and OCT) Biophotonics themes ...

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    5. Glaucoma Module Premium Edition for SPECTRALIS to be Showcased at Annual Optometric Press Conference

      Glaucoma Module Premium Edition for SPECTRALIS to be Showcased at Annual Optometric Press Conference

      Heidelberg Engineering GmbH, the global ophthalmic imaging company, is presenting the Glaucoma Module Premium Edition for SPECTRALIS at the annual 2014 American Academy of Optometry Professional Press Conference in Denver, CO. The Glaucoma Module Premium Edition for SPECTRALIS* module combines a proprietary technology called Anatomic Positioning System (APS) with a series of unique scan patterns. The APS creates an anatomic map of each eye. The center of the optic nerve head and the fovea are detected via a short pre-scan function. The map is aligned according to these anatomical landmarks, individually for each eye. Subsequent scans are oriented to this ...

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    6. Feature Of The Week 11/9/14: Dynamics of a Short Cavity Swept Source OCT Laser

      Feature Of The Week 11/9/14: Dynamics of a Short Cavity Swept Source OCT Laser

      Great advances in OCT speed and sensitivity have been possible due to the introduction of fast frequency swept laser sources. One of the most commonly used swept source devices is a short (~5 cm) cavity Fabry-Perot laser. We present both experimental characterisation and numerical modelling of such an OCT swept source and also analyse the underlying physics to better understand how such sources may be optimised. For the experimental characterisation we use a high-speed digital oscilloscope for real time analysis of the fast temporal intensity and frequency evolution. For the theoretical analysis we use a set of delay differential equations ...

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    7. Got Data? Complete a Survey About Sharing in the OCT Community to Win a $100 Gift Card!

      Got Data? Complete a Survey About Sharing in the OCT Community to Win a $100 Gift Card!

      On Sharing Data and Code in the OCT Community: The Stanford Biomedical Optics Group seeks your opinion to carry out an IRB approved study regarding perspectives on data- and code-sharing in the OCT community. All participants can enter into a drawing for a $100 gift card. If you have any additional questions, comments, or would like to enter the drawing (anyone is eligible), please contact Dr. Audrey Ellerbee at audrey@ee.stanford.edu. Survey link: http://bit.ly/1vYnlkQ .  In 2013, the number of publications mentioning OCT exceeded 12,000 – more than double the number of OCT publications from five ...

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    8. Feature Of The Week 11/2/14: Longitudinal Vascular Dynamics Following Cranial Window and Electrode Implantation Measured with Speckle Variance Optical Coherence Angiography

      Feature Of The Week 11/2/14: Longitudinal Vascular Dynamics Following Cranial Window and Electrode Implantation Measured with Speckle Variance Optical Coherence Angiography

      FDA researchers Daniel X. Hammer, Andrea Lozzi, Erkinay Abliz, Noah Greenbaum, Anant Agrawal, Victor Krauthamer, and Cristin G. Welle published a paper in Biomedical Optics Express titled, “Longitudinal vascular dynamics following cranial window and electrode implantation measured with speckle variance optical coherence angiography.” The paper represents the first attempt to characterize vascular remapping associated with chronic neural implants using speckle variance optical coherence angiography (SV-OCA). SV-OCA is an innovative vascular imaging technique that relies on speckle pattern changes from moving blood, rather than the injection of extrinsic dyes or contrast agents, allowing visualization of the complete volumetric capillary network in ...

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    9. PhD Student and/or Postdoc Position at University of Maryland

      PhD Student and/or Postdoc Position at University of Maryland

      The Biophotonics Imaging Lab at the University of Maryland (College Park, USA) is looking for motivated PhD students and/or postdoc associates to join our group. UMD Engineering School ranks top 20 in the US. Our research program integrates basic optical imaging technology development, translational imaging/sensing devices, pre-clinical / clinical applications, and regulatory sciences. The specific research project will be jointly developed between the PI and the interested student/postdoc. Projects may be chosen from one or the combination of the following topics: • Optical Imaging Technologies o Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) o Multiphoton Microscopy (MPM) o Needle-based Endoscopy • Biomedical Applications ...

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    10. Postdoctoral Position at The Dodd-Walls Centre in New Zealand

      Postdoctoral Position at The Dodd-Walls Centre in New Zealand

      The Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies is a national Centre of Research Excellence in New Zealand that conducts research in fundamental areas of photonics, quantum optics, ultra-cold atomic and quantum physics, and their applications. We are seeking bright and motivated researchers to join our team in 2015. Postdoctoral fellowships and postgraduate scholarships are offered at our partner universities (Otago, Auckland, Massey, Canterbury and Victoria). We are looking for postdoctoral researchers in the following areas: - Optical Frequency Combs and cavity solitons - THz devices and applications - Optical Sensing including optical coherence tomography - Cavity QED - Non-equilibrium theory of ultra-cold quantum fluids ...

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    11. Feature of the Week 10/26/14: 3D Polymer Weld Seam Characterization Based on OCT Laser Transmission Welding Applications

      Feature of the Week 10/26/14: 3D Polymer Weld Seam Characterization Based on OCT Laser Transmission Welding Applications

      Plastics have low weight but a high weight to strength ratio and a good corrosion resistance allied to a high degree of freedom on its form design. These characteristics lead plastics to be used in several technical systems with high production and application requirements. Herewith the complete production chain of these components as well as their integration in technical systems are also subjected to high standards. The joining of plastics and polymers is an important step in this process chain, as often at this stage pre-processed parts with a high added value are machined. Especially in high performance production chains ...

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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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    24. 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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