Israeli Hospital Installs Eye Imaging Device

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

Ziv Medical Center in Tzfat, Israel has installed a new imaging device that helps doctors to see into the innermost eye without touching the tissue. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive technology that shows eye conditions such as macular degeneration, pre-retinal membra

Ziv Medical Center in Tzfat, Israel has installed a new imaging device that helps doctors to see into the innermost eye without touching the tissue.

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive technology that shows eye conditions such as macular degeneration, pre-retinal membranes, macular holes or swelling and optic nerve damage.

OCT, which has cost the hospital $110,000, provides a pixel representation of ten anatomic layers of the retina that are differentiated where thickness can be measured using an optical backscattering of light to scan the eye.

The device has a camera connected to a computer that sends a wave of light to the retina and processes the data received from the eye, israelnationalnews.com reports.

The device secures an accurate quantitative diagnosis of glaucoma, which causes blindness, through measuring the thickness of the fibres that connect the optic nerve.

Ziv's Eye Center's director Dr Yossi Pikel said that the device will help with early diagnosis and treatment of conditions that can harm the centre of vision.