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Medical News & Perspectives
October 3, 2001

Ophthalmologists Eye New Examination Tool

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JAMA. 2001;286(13):1567-1568. doi:10.1001/jama.286.13.1567-JMN1003-3-1

Dunfermline, Scotland—Following successful clinical trials, the launch of an automated ophthalmic screening device that can detect the first signs of serious eye problems in less than a second—leading to treatment decisions within 15 minutes—has aroused interest on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Panoramic200 Ophthalmoscope was developed as a patient-friendly examination tool by Douglas Anderson, executive vice chair and design engineer at Optos PLC here, after his son Leif lost the use of an eye owing to a detached retina. It incorporates the latest in scanning laser ophthalmoscope (SLO) technology, using low-powered red-green laser beams to capture an image of the entire retina on an "Optomap"—a permanent digital record that gives clinicians a view of the eye as much as 200 times greater than previous imaging systems. It is the only device of its kind that allows the examination of the periphery and posterior pole simultaneously.