University Hospital Waterford Eye Clinic has recently been equipped in November 2016 with the most technological advanced clinical retinal imaging system available in the World.
The “DRI OCT Triton, swept source OCT” will revolutionise our diagnostic capabilities.
Waterford was the first city in Ireland to acquire an OCT imaging system in 2008 and now almost 10 years later we are at the forefront of a new technology “Angio OCT”.
The DRI OCT Triton high definition B-scans not only provides extremely clear images of the retinal structures but for the first time penetrates deep into the choroid and sclera revealing features not visible with the older technologies. It also images the cortical vitreous and its relation to the retina not previously possible and allows better planning of retinal surgery.
The “Angio OCT” function is probably the most exciting aspect of the technology. For the first time we can non-invasively image the blood flow of the retina and reveal its intricate structure at different levels. We can appreciate individual capillaries and we can see their relationships in 3D.
Our Glaucoma and Corneal surgeons are also pleased as they can now offer anterior segment OCT and HD Optic disc OCT imaging with associated progression software.
Our Medical Retinal and Vitreoretinal consultants attended the “1st International Swept Source OCT & Angiography Conference in Madrid” on the 10th and 11th of February 2017. This was an opportunity to meet some of the World experts in the frontier of this new technology and join the discussion on its clinical applications.
We are now equipped with technology to compete for funding for international medical retinal research projects.