Technology | April 13, 2011

Minimally Invasive OCT System Installed at University of Texas

April 13, 2011 – Tomophase has installed its first minimally invasive optical coherence tomography (OCT) systems at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas. The Tomophase OCT system provides the capabilities that are needed to rapidly acquire high-resolution intraluminal OCT images in the lung, colon and GI tract in humans and in various animal models.

OCT systems are commonly used to evaluate the eye and in seeing increasing use in intravascular imaging in cardiac cath labs. This first system sale will be for research use in the laboratory of Massoud Motamedi, Ph.D., director, Center for Biomedical Engineering at UTMB. Motamedi will be conducting research on application of OCT in intraluminal imaging.

"There is a great need for the development of a high-resolution image-based technique for noninvasive assessment of tissue morphology within the intraluminal space in order to assess changes that may occur in tissue morphology in response to therapeutic interventions or disease progression,” Motamedi said. “This imaging system could provide details about tissue morphology and structure that could potentially significantly improve early detection of diseases such as epithelial neoplasm as well as assessment of epithelial integrity and treatment safety and efficacy."

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