Retina Problems in Premature Babies Diagnosed with New Device

13 January 2010 (Last Updated January 13th, 2010 18:30)

A new handheld device can obtain high-resolution retinal scans of premature infants with progressive retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), which causes blindness in between 400 and 600 children each year in the US. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) imaging takes high-res

A new handheld device can obtain high-resolution retinal scans of premature infants with progressive retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), which causes blindness in between 400 and 600 children each year in the US.

Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) imaging takes high-resolution retinal scans of premature infants and can lead to earlier diagnosis.

SD-OCT enables shallow detachments and presumed retinoschisis to be diagnosed more accurately, significantly altering how physicians may classify and treat babies with this disease.

This system contains a moveable imaging hand piece that is connected via a 1.3-m flexible fibre optic cable to a cart holding the SD-OCT system, bringing advanced imaging capability into a neonatal intensive care unit.