1. Optical Coherence Tomography News

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    1. Congratulations to Giovanni Ughi a Winner of the Santec & OCT News Student Travel Grant

      Congratulations to Giovanni Ughi a Winner of the Santec & OCT News Student Travel Grant

      Santec Corporation and OCT News are pleased to announce the winner of this year’s Optical Coherence Tomography Student Travel Grant award. Congratulations to Giovanni J. Ughi who is currently a PhD student in the Department of Cardiovascular Diseases at the K. U. Leuven in Belgium. Below is a description of Dr. Ughi's Work. Topic covered by the project is software development for quantitative automated analysis of intra-vascular OCT images. Automated segmentation of stent struts and lumen, stent apposition, stent coverage and registration of OCT datasets at different instants of times are part of the software research and development ...

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    2. Congratulations to Yuankai Tao a Winner of the Santec & OCT News Student Travel Grant

      Congratulations to Yuankai Tao a Winner of the Santec & OCT News Student Travel Grant
      Santec Corporation and OCT News are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Optical Coherence Tomography Student Travel Grant award. This year there was a tie for first place and two submissions were awarded. Congratulations to Yuankai (Kenny) Tao a very recent PhD graduate from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University and now a postdoc in the Laser Medicine and Medical Imaging Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA. Below is a description of Dr. Tao's Work. Surgical visualization has changed drastically since its inception, incorporating larger, more advanced optics toward increasing ...
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    3. NinePoint Medical Adds Optical Coherence Tomography Technology Expert to Board of Directors

      NinePoint Medical Adds Optical Coherence Tomography Technology Expert to Board of Directors
      Eric Swanson Brings More than 30 Years of Technical and Operational Experience to Company NinePoint Medical, an emerging leader in the development of in vivo pathology medical devices, today announced the appointment of Eric Swanson as a new member of its board of directors, effective immediately. Mr. Swanson’s appointment expands NinePoint Medical’s board of directors to four members. Mr. Swanson is currently a research affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a consultant for Draper Laboratory, and an advisor to high-tech startup companies covering a wide range of technologies, including biomedical imaging and optical components. “Eric is ...
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    4. Axsun Introduces a 500 MSPS DAQ OEM Board for Optical Coherence Tomography Systems

      Axsun Introduces a 500 MSPS DAQ OEM Board for Optical Coherence Tomography Systems
        Introducing the AXSUN 500MSPS DAQ Board. To meet the performance needs of next-generation Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) systems, Axsun Technologies introduces a high speed 12-bit Data Acquisition board compatible with Axsun’s high performance swept laser OCT Engine products. Product Description The AXSUN DAQ board has a 12-bit 500 MSPs front end, configurable with either an external k-trigger, or an internal trigger, and a base Camera Link® (CL) interface to transmit OCT spectral data to your image processing electronics. The Axsun CL-DAQ card is designed to interface seamlessly with commercial CL Frame Grabbers and provide a straightforward Swept Source upgrade ...
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    5. Happy New Year To OCT News Subscribers!

      Happy New Year To OCT News Subscribers!
      Dear Subscriber: I would like to wish you and your families a "Happy New Year" and thank all of you for your continued interest and support of OCT News and the OCT Community. It has been a very successful year for both the research and business communities as well as for OCT News. This year there were an even larger number of journal articles and patents published with OCT as a central theme and there were several announcements of OCT companies being acquired and a large number of OCT startups announced. OCT News site served over 1/2 million pages ...
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    6. New Software for Improving the Analysis of OCT Images

      New Software for Improving the Analysis of OCT Images
      Diopsys, Inc. Creates Software to Improve the Sensitivity of Current Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Diopsys, Inc. today announced the development of software that uses existing Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (SD-OCT) images to assist ophthalmologists and optometrists in diagnosing retinal and optic nerve disease such as glaucoma.   SD-OCT is an imaging technique used to provide ophthalmologists and optometrists thickness measurements of the Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer (RNFL) which can help them diagnose diseases like glaucoma. However, this thickness can be unduly influenced by retinal vessels and other factors within the RNFL. The new software (Diopsys® CORDA™) works by analyzing the ...
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    7. Cancer Imaging Firm Wins Place on Future Health Mission to US

      Cancer Imaging Firm Wins Place on Future Health Mission to US
      (Orpington, UK) December 20, 2010 - Michelson Diagnostics Ltd, the Orpington, UK based developer and manufacturer of laser scanners for use in non-melanoma skin cancer diagnosis & treatment, is the only medical imaging company selected from more than 70 applicants to take part in the Future Health Mission 2011 to the USA.   The Future Health Mission 2011 is to San Francisco, coinciding with the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Investing Conference in early January.    According to the mission organisers, “The Future Health Mission 2011 will give the entrepreneurs behind these 20 growing healthcare technology companies the opportunity to engage with key people ...
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    8. Novacam dOCTor Optical Coherence Tomography systems

      Novacam dOCTor Optical Coherence Tomography systems
      Novacam dOCTor systems, working at 1300 nm wavelength, are available in both time-domain (TD-OCT) and Fourier-domain laser swept source (SS-OCT) versions, each offering particular advantages. The high speed (30 kHz) SS-OCT system is more suitable for in-vivo imaging, while the TD-OCT version is interesting in applications not requiring high speed, but where constant sensitivity is important. Both systems are offered with galvo scanners and a selection of fiber-based probes to match the needs of each application.   For more informations see www.novacam.com
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    9. NinePoint Medical Licenses 188 Patents and Patent Applications from Massachusetts General Hospital

      NinePoint Medical Licenses 188 Patents and Patent Applications from Massachusetts General Hospital
      NinePoint Medical, Inc., an emerging leader in the development of in vivo pathology medical devices, today announced it has entered into an intellectual property (IP) licensing agreement with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Under the agreement, NinePoint has certain exclusive rights in multiple fields to 188 patents and patent applications owned by MGH. This is the largest IP agreement for medical device technology in the hospital’s history as well as one of the largest IP agreements overall for MGH. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed. The patents and patent applications will support NinePoint’s high resolution optical imaging ...
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    10. Feature Of The Week 12/12/10: KAIST Researchers Demonstrate Novel Polarization-Sensitive SD-OCT System

      Feature Of The Week 12/12/10: KAIST Researchers Demonstrate Novel Polarization-Sensitive SD-OCT System

      Feature Of The Week 12/12/10: Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) recently published impressive results on the design and performance of novel Polarization-Sensitive Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography system using a multi-line signal camera spectrometer. Below is a summary of their recent work.Recently developed polarization-sensitive spectral domain optical coherence tomography systems have some intrinsic limitations. Dual-camera based system has some difficulties in terms of the high-precision alignment of the spectrometers, the exact trigger timing and synchronization, and the system complexity. Most of single camera based system for avoiding these problems, also suffer from ...

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    11. Visiting Research Programmer at the Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

      Visiting Research Programmer at the Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      The Biophotonics Imaging Lab at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology seeks a bright, energetic, and motivated candidate to fill a vacancy for a full-time Visiting Research Programmer. The purpose of this position is to lead the development of system software and user interfaces for laboratory and translational optical biomedical imaging systems. The successful candidate will need a solid and broad understanding of software development including high-level user interface requirements in a Windows environment, data file structure design, experience with embedded systems, data acquisition and control interfacing, high-volume real-time data management and storage, and some knowledge of DSP- ...
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    12. Tomophase OCTIS(TM) Receives FDA 510(K) Clearance to Market

      Tomophase OCTIS(TM) Receives FDA 510(K) Clearance to Market
      Tomophase Corporation, developer of the non-invasive Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging System (OCTIS™) and other devices, announced today that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance to market OCTIS. Tomophase is a leader in the development of OCT brochoscopically-based imaging systems for interventional pulmonology. OCTIS is comprised of a single-use disposable optical catheter and imaging console. Initially OCTIS will be deployed for tissue imaging of airways and lungs, followed by diagnostic and therapeutic applications. The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) recently released by the NCI represents an example of how OCT will be applied. In the NLST, the risk of dying ...
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    13. Canon donation supports establishment of Kyoto University advanced medical device development and clinical research center

      Canon donation supports establishment of Kyoto University advanced medical device development and clinical research center
      TOKYO, December 1, 2010—Canon Inc. announced today it has decided to make a 500 million yen donation to Kyoto University to support the establishment of the Kyoto University Advanced Medical Device Development and Clinical Research Center* (to be completed in 2011) and promote collaboration between academia and industry. The Advanced Medical Device Development and Clinical Research Center, which will be established within Kyoto University in 2011 through a subsidy by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, will rapidly carry out the clinical research of medical devices through to pharmaceutical application with the aim of realizing the prompt practical ...
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    14. Feature Of The Week 12/5/10: Evaluating Pearls Using Optical Coherence Tomography

      Feature Of The Week 12/5/10: Evaluating Pearls Using Optical Coherence Tomography
      Feature Of The Week 12/5/10: Researches from Gwangju Institure of Science and Technology have been very active in OCT Research across a variety of fields. This includes some recent work on using OCT to do Non-Destructive Evaluation of Pearls. Below is a summary of their work including some very nice videos of pearl cross sections. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has been utilized to evaluate pearls including their nuclei noninvasively. By visualizing the internal structure of a pearl, we could measure the thickness of its nacre layer, observe the fine sub-structure of the nacre, and inspect the nucleus through ...
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    15. Feature Of The Week 11/27/10: Contrast to Labeled Platelets with Magnetomotive OCT for Detecting Vascular Damage

      Feature Of The Week 11/27/10: Contrast to Labeled Platelets with Magnetomotive OCT for Detecting Vascular Damage
      Recently researchers from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, published on an interesting OCT functional imaging modality that uses a magnetic field to induce small displacement of blood platelets to detect potential sites of bleeding and vascular damage. Below is an excerpt of this work. We introduce a new functional imaging paradigm that uses optical coherence tomography (OCT) to detect rehydrated, lyophilized platelets (RL platelets, StasixTM, Entegrion, Inc.) that are in pre-clinical trials and that contain FDA-approved superparamagnetic iron oxides (SPIOs, Feridex I.V.TM , Advanced Magnetics, Inc.) Platelets are highly functional blood cells that detect and adhere to ...
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    16. Terumo Europe N.V. announces the initiation of OCT Cardiovascular Study

      Terumo Europe N.V. announces the initiation of OCT Cardiovascular Study

      Terumo Press Release - Terumo Europe N.V., announced today the enrolment of first patients in TROFI a pioneering study to prove the benefits of thrombus aspiration in the treatment of patients with ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) using latest optical imaging technology – Optical Frequency Domain Imaging. TROFI is a randomized, prospective, multicenter study with the main objective to evaluate whether primary percutaneous coronary intervention (primary PCI) with a new thrombectomy device (Eliminate™) as compared to primary PCI without thrombectomy increases minimal flow area after stenting for treatment of patients presenting with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) as assessed by OFDI. The ...

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    17. Feature Of The Week 11/21/10: GIST Researchers Investigate Ultrahigh Resolution Optical Coherence Microscopy For Indentifying Live Cancer Cells

      Feature Of The Week 11/21/10: GIST Researchers Investigate Ultrahigh Resolution Optical Coherence Microscopy For Indentifying Live Cancer Cells
      Feature Of The Week 11/21/10: Recently researchers from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in Korea investigated using ultrahigh resolution full-field optical coherence microscopy (FF-OCM) for indentifying live cancer cells. Presented here are results on the feasibility study on quantitative identification between a living normal cell and a cancer cell using ultrahigh resolution FF-OCM. In this experiment, FF-OCM was utilized to quantify the integral refractive index (RI) distribution of a single unmodified cell without any extra cell treatment, so that the full-field RI contrast image served as an effective biophysical indicator to diagnose cell malignancy. In measurement of ...
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    18. Available Postdoctoral Positions in Biomedical Optics and Optical Coherence Tomography at the University of Washington

      Available Postdoctoral Positions in Biomedical Optics and Optical Coherence Tomography at the University of Washington
      There are a number of postdoctoral positions immediately available in Wang Lab [Biophotonics and Imaging Laboratory (BAIL)], Department of Bioengineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. These positions are associated with research grants sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association. The research areas in BAIL include volumetric optical coherence tomography (vOCT), volumetric optical micro-angiography (vOMAG), optical projection tomography (OPT) (reflectometry), photoacoustic imaging (PAI), confocal microscopy, digital holography (DH), and their applications in small animal models (stroke, traumatic brain injury, hemorrhage, hearing disorders, heart developments, retinopathy, cancer, and sensory stimulations). Preferable applicants must hold a doctoral degree ...
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    19. Ophthalmic Imaging 2011: Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Applications and Future Technology (December 4th, 2010)

      Ophthalmic Imaging 2011: Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Applications and Future Technology (December 4th, 2010)
      Meeting Name: Ophthalmic Imaging 2011: Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Applications and Future Technology Date(s): December 4, 2010 Description: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an integral part of integral ophthalmic practice. This unique educational program features presentations by the co-inventors of the technology and will address the newest technologies and clinical applications. This is directed toward the needs of the practicing ophthalmologist. Highlights of the course include: (1)               Comprehensive review of how to interpret OCTs from patients with retinal disorders and glaucoma (2)               An emphasis on practical clinical decision making using optical coherence tomography (3)               A review of spectral domain ...
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    20. OptiMedica’s Catalys™ Precision Laser System Study Published in Science Translational Medicine Shows Marked Advancement in Cataract Surgery

      OptiMedica’s Catalys™ Precision Laser System Study Published in Science Translational Medicine Shows Marked Advancement in Cataract Surgery

      OptiMedica Press Release - Global ophthalmic device company OptiMedica Corp. has announced that results from a clinical study of its Catalys Precision Laser System were published in the peer-reviewed journal Science Translational Medicine (“Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery with Integrated Optical Coherence Tomography,” Volume 2, Issue 58, November 17, 2010). The data showed that, when compared to manual techniques, the Catalys Precision Laser System helped surgeons achieve significant improvement in precision during several critical steps of cataract surgery. “These study results clearly indicate that a femtosecond laser with integrated Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) imaging, advanced optics and control software can provide multiple ...

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    21. Post-doctoral Researcher Position Experimental Biomedical Optics at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

      Post-doctoral Researcher Position Experimental Biomedical Optics at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
      The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) is seeking a post-doctoral researcher in experimental biomedical optics, to begin immediately.  Research activities include the design and construction of an optical coherence tomography (OCT) system for patient imaging, including both the optical and mechanical scanning apparatus, handling regulatory issues regarding patient safety, and hardware integration with a clinical system. This position offers the unique opportunity to build a novel clinical imaging device from the ground up. The position period is initially for one year, with dedicated funds available for renewal over several subsequent years if the hiree’s progress is ...
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    22. Journal of Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Announcement

      Journal of Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Announcement
      In November, 2010, Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging will publish a supplement on spectral domain optical coherence tomography, presenting reports on the latest applications of the technology to date, as well as superb reviews of SD-OCT in glaucoma and SD-OCT in the treatment of dry ARMD.We are very pleased at this time to announce that this will be followed, in 2011, by an additional supplement devoted to the most recent reports on the use of SD-OCT in ophthalmology. We invite and encourage submissions, and we will provide authors the most rapid on-line publication of accepted manuscripts in advance of the ...
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    23. Feature Of The Week 11/13/10: Researchers from Queen's University in Belfast use OCT to Study of the Effects of Microneedle Geometry on Skin Penetration and Drug Delivery

      Feature Of The Week 11/13/10: Researchers from Queen's University in Belfast use OCT to Study of the Effects of Microneedle Geometry on Skin Penetration and Drug Delivery
      Feature Of The Week 11/13/10: Researchers from Queen’s University in Belfast have used optical coherence tomography (OCT) to extensively investigate, for the first time, the effect that microneedle (MN) geometry (MN height, and MN interspacing) and force of application have upon penetration characteristics of soluble poly(methyl vinyl ether-co-maleic anhydride, PMVE/MA) MN arrays into neonatal porcine skin in vitro. The results from OCT investigations were then used to design optimal and suboptimal MN-based drug delivery systems and evaluate their drug delivery profiles cross full thickness and dermatomed neonatal porcine skin in vitro. It was found that ...
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