Clinical Theme: Optical Coherence Tomography - Reinventing the Eye Exam
Abstract: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a relatively new form of imaging that has revolutionised the diagnosis and treatment of blinding ocular disease. OCT imaging is analogous to ultrasonography but measures the reflections of light waves rather than sound. As a result, OCT devices provide images with extremely high resolution (typically 3-8 µm) in a fast and non-invasive manner. In this lecture, I will describe the latest advances in the field, including: 1) the latest OCT hardware such as “whole eye” OCT, handheld OCT, and OCT “angiography”, 2) approaches to OCT image analysis and their clinical application, 3) the increasing use of OCT imaging in large, population based studies such as UK Biobank, and 4) the potential future applications of OCT in medical specialties outside ophthalmology.
Speaker Bio: Pearse A. Keane, MD, FRCOphth, is an NIHR Clinician Scientist, based at the Institute of Ophthalmology, UCL, and an honorary consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He specialises in the treatment of retinal diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, the commonest causes of blindness in the UK and Europe. His research interest is in ocular imaging with optical coherence tomography (OCT). Prior to joining Moorfields Eye Hospital, he carried out OCT research with leaders in the field at the Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles. He is originally from Dublin, and received his medical degree from University College Dublin, Ireland.