Eye care professionals will be able to preview the latest ocular technology from equipment companies exhibiting at Odmafair 2009 in July, the largest showing of equipment in the southern hemisphere.
Tradeshows are the perfect way to experience the latest equipment. The exhibiting companies below provide a snapshot of what will be on display – at Odmafair.
Exhibiting Company: Carl Zeiss
Carl Zeiss has announced the release of Cirrus HD-OCT Ver. 4.0 software.
The new Ver. 4.0 software adds a number of functionalities. Using physical landmarks to precisely register to an earlier scan, the macular change analysis shows the change in macular thickness using a thickness difference map. Best of all, the B-scans from both cubes are synchronised so detailed qualitative analysis can be made by co-navigating through both cubes in unison.
To overcome problems with poor patient fixation and increase repeatability, the Automatic Fovea Finder Version 4.0 automatically locates the fovea. This is made possible only by the density of the standard Cirrus HD-OCT cube (512×128).
Using the same progression alerts as your Humphrey Field Analyser, the RNFL Guided Progression Analysis (GPA) software conducts a trend analysis on up to eight registered exams. The software uses three different analyses, each of which are designed to detect focal or diffuse RNFL defects. Precise registration and software-driven placement of the measurement circle ensures high repeatability. By introducing two new scan patterns, the Cirrus HDOCT Version 4.0 software enables high resolution scans of the cornea and the angle. Stratus-like radial lines can now be extracted from the cube to enable a more direct comparison to previous Stratus OCT scans.
Single Visit Multi-Slice Report enables viewing of more tomograms than are available on the standard Macula Thickness Report using the optional multi-slice report. Tomograms are extracted from the data cube; the selection is configurable.
DICOM Export opens up a new world of possibilities for networking, including two hospital PACS systems. This feature allows import to the Cirrus of patient names from a compatible electronic medical records system and seamless export back of results.
Carl Zeiss is committed to continue developing tools to assist clinicians make the most of OCT technology. We can look forward to even more developments into the future.
Carl Zeiss will be located at Stand 207 at Odmafair.
Exhibiting Company: BOC Ophthalmic Instruments
RTVue Fourier-Domain OCT – Developments and Updates.
Optovue Inc. U.S. has launched the first FDA approved FD ultra-high resolution and speed OCT in 2006. This company has recently published the first two volumes of texts on FD OCT imaging with the assistance of contributing authors and specialists. Volume I of this primer series covers Retinal conditions and abnormalities, providing the practitioner with a comprehensive understanding of Retinal scan images and analysis, whilst extensively presenting numerous conditions acquired with the RTVue OCT system.
Volume II of this primer series demonstrates numerous uses of the RTVue OCT Cornea and Anterior Segment functionality, including scanned images and analysis for a variety of conditions.
All RTVue customers have been sent these complimentary texts and shall also be receiving Vol III for Glaucoma, which is being published. Practitioners are welcome to call BOC Instruments for free copies as PDF files, or for printed texts at a nominal fee.
BOC Instruments is also currently upgrading all customers’ RTVue systems with the next complimentary software upgrade Version 4, providing numerous additional enhancements. A new report form combining ONH and peripapillary RNFL mapping with adjacent Ganglion Cell Complex (GCC) analysis in the macular region conveniently provides an extensive view for glaucoma evaluation.
Powerful new analysis includes two new parameters. Percentage Focal Loss Volume (FLV) provides a quantitative measure for the amount of significant GCC loss and Global Loss Volume (GLV) represents the percentage loss of GCC thickness.
A vastly expanded specific normative database categorised by different ethnicities with data accumulated from fifteen global clinical sites further improves sensitivity and specificity, and serves as a better guide for disease diagnosis.
Automatic RPE tip and disk boundary allocation improves ease of use and ensures ONH scans are repeatedly presented concentric to the centre of the optic disk for consistency and repeatability.
BOC Ophthalmic Instruments are located at Stand 201 at Odmafair.
Optical Manufacturers (OMF)
I’ve got an iPod but what is an MPOD?
MPOD stands for Macular Pigment Optical Density. Low macular pigment has been linked to age-related macular degeneration but until now there has not been a definitive way to screen for macular pigment levels in our patients.
Enter the instrument that allows optometrists to achieve this, the Macular Pigment Optical Densitrometer (MPOD for short). This instrument is the first of its kind to quantify the patient’s macular pigment using a technique called heterochromatic flicker photometry (HFP). This technology has been available for decades, but never in a form that can be utilised in practice. All this has recently changed with the advent of high quality blue LEDs that have enabled MPOD engineers to devise a system that is not only easy for both practitioner and patient to operate but has a small footprint in a more compact, easy to use, format.
So how does it work? Simply the patient looks into the instrument at a small disc of light that rapidly alternates between two different frequencies of light. When a flicker is just noticed, the patient presses a response button and these responses are graphed on the monitor of an attached PC. At the end of the testing period, the other eye is assessed and a risk factor for low optical pigment is given for each eye. Connection to a PC or laptop running windows is not essential but is recommended to allow results to be graphically analysed. The included software allows for longitudinal monitoring for each patient as well as quantitative analysis of the patients response to dietary supplements. A report of the patient’s macular condition can be saved and printed if required.
The MPOD has been granted approval by the TGA for use in Australia and is distributed locally by Optical Manufacturers on behalf of leading international supplier for OptoGlobal. The MPOD can also be transported for home visits, surgeries and hospitals as well as within the practice.
Optical Manufacturers are located at Stand 318 at Odmafair.
Exhibiting Company: Designs for Vision
Designs for Vision will display a comprehensive range of conventional and new optometric equipment at Odmafair this year. The latest consulting room furniture from Frastema of Italy will be displayed in conjunction with the C.S.O. Elite Slit Lamp with high resolution digital imaging. New digital series and Gonio lenses from Volk USA together with the new Keeler UK Vantage Plus LED Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscope will be presented. Keeler & Volk will be in a dedicated area due to the popularity of these products.
From Oculus Germany, the Pentacam Anterior Segment Analysis system and the PARK 1 Non Contact Pachymeter Auto Refractor/Keratometer combination. Kowa Japan, will be introducing their new Alpha D3 Retinal Camera, with a range of new features.
The iCARE Tonometer, which has proven so popular, combined with the Pachmate pen-style Pachymeter, will be there for all to see. We are introducing the new Vista Vision LCD all-in-one Visual Acuity system. Stereo Optical have produced a new vision screener for industrial situations and this will be on display. Dry Eye analysis takes a new leap forward with the introduction of the TearLab – Lab on a Chip, Tear Osmolarity measurement system.
Practitioners will be interested in the Eye Kiosk, which is an interactive patient education unit to be used within any practice.
Designs For Vision have taken more space at Odmafair this year in anticipation of a great event – you’ll find them at Stands 233 & 236.
Exhibiting Company: Optech Diagnostic and Surgical
The Heidelberg Retina Tomograph (HRT) is a proven, essential tool for detecting and managing glaucoma, especially for assisting in the identification of pre-perimetric disease and tracking progression. The Ancillary Study to the Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study (OHTS) demonstrated that optic disc analysis detected glaucoma conversion in 55 per cent of cases, before any detectable loss of visual function. The HRT has proved to be a robust predictor of glaucoma.
OHTS also concluded that the HRT recognised temporal superior defects which later developed into confirmed glaucoma in 40 per cent of cases – looking only at baseline measurements – then confirmed the diagnosis with an average of five years of follow-up. Equally impressive was that 93 per cent of all HRT cases flagged as within normal limits at baseline remained within normal limits during the same time period.
Optech are located at Stand G09 at Odmafair.
Exhibiting Company: Optimed
Canon CR-1 Retinal Camera is Canon’s all-new non-mydriatic retinal camera achieves outstanding image quality with low flash intensity. It is easy to use and has amazing performance through small pupils. FISO custom consulting room furniture is a new range of innovative and practical chairs and stands designed and made in Milan. Custom configurations available, and colour options from mild to wild!
The Takagi Digital Imaging Slit Lamp is superb new slit lamp optics will satisfy the most discerning practitioners. Live video preview and stunning high resolution digital images at a very reasonable price.
The Accutome Accupen cordless hand held digital tonometer uses waveform analysis to accurately measure IOP. Ergonomic design, long lasting battery and well priced disposable tips. The new ultra high resolution Spectral Domain OPTOPOL Copernicus HR 3D OCT has a three micron axial scan with normative data for macula and disc, with fast movement and scanning with autoalignment and tracking.
The Optopol PTS 1000 Projection VFA is a new projection type perimeter which offers faster full threshold algorithms that benefits patient and practitioner alike. It is packed with features and testing strategies. Optimed also has a compact range of chairs and stands that offer European quality at affordable prices. Perfect for small rooms or those who are looking for a quality low-cost consult room set-up.
You can see all this and more at the Optimed at Odmafair, Stand 211.
Odmafair takes place within Halls 1, 2 & 3 of the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour from 10-12 July 2009. Organise your free entry passes online now at www.odmafair.com.au.