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June 2002

Transscleral Optical Coherence TomographyA New Imaging Method for the Anterior Segment of the Eye

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, Medical University of Lübeck(Drs Hoerauf and Laqua) and the Medical Laser Center (Messrs Scholz, Koch, and Engelhardt and Dr Birngruber) Lübeck, Germany. Messers Koch and Engelhardt are employed at 4 Optics, Lübeck, a company producing optical coherence tomographic devices. Mr Scholz is a stockholder in 4 Optics. None of the other authors have any commercial, proprietary, or financial interest in the products or companies described in this article.

Arch Ophthalmol. 2002;120(6):816-819. doi:10.1001/archopht.120.6.816
Abstract

Objective  To present a new imaging method for the anterior segment of the eye.

Methods  Transscleral optical coherence tomographic images were generated in healthy volunteers using a slitlamp-adapted prototype equipped with a superluminescence diode with an infrared wavelength of 1310 nm.

Results  The optical coherence tomographic system used allowed penetration of human sclera in vivo and high-resolution, cross-sectional imaging of the anterior chamber angle and the ciliary body.

Conclusion  The 1310-nm optical coherence tomographic image shows a significant potential as a noninvasive diagnostic tool for the anterior segment of the eye.

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