Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers and Imaging Retina

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Optical Coherence Tomography 2014

Carmen A. Puliafito, MD, MBA

Dr. Puliafito receives a royalty payment from Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary as a co-inventor of OCT and is a consultant to Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc.

Carmen A. Puliafito

Carmen A. Puliafito

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is now widely recognized as the most important retinal imaging technique, replacing angiographic techniques as first-line imaging tools. This has largely been driven by widespread application of retinal pharmacotherapy. As a clinical decision-making tool in that setting, OCT has unparalleled value in delivering important information in a matter of seconds. OCT has dramatically improved the productivity of retinal specialists — ie, the number of patients who can be evaluated in a given clinical session.

This special issue on OCT highlights its value as a quantitative tool in assessing retinal anatomy in both health and disease, its power in managing wet age-related macular degeneration, and its important and increasing role in diagnosis and treatment of pediatric retinal disorders.


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