What is OCT?
Through the use of highly advanced technology, OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) obtains clear 3-D images of the network of blood vessels in the retina and choroid. Unlike previous forms of angiography, there is no need for a patient to be injected with a special dye since the technology utilizes the motion of blood cells. In addition, OCT is faster and more precise with images of eye structures presented in mere seconds.
In our Jacksonville, FL Southeastern Retina Specialists office, Drs. Agee and Sullivan use the Heidelberg machine, where the superiority of the technology derives from a special algorithm, which shows the flow of blood through the capillary networks. OCT is used to diagnose a number of eye problems, such as retinal vein occlusion, inflammation, and more.
What to Expect
Compared to fluorescein and ICG angiography, a patient doesn’t need to be injected with a dye in order to obtain images. The quick, painless, and noninvasive test involves the patient placing his or her chin on a chin rest and pressing the forehead against a bar, so the head remains still throughout the duration of the test. Your retinal specialist will take images to get 3-D views of the blood vessels in various layers of the retina and choroid. The technology is safe enough to be repeated as often as needed.
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There are no special precautions to follow after OCT imaging since no dye was used. Your specialist will be able to notice and diagnose eye diseases and conditions almost immediately. Further, your doctor can also use the technology to check the progression of existing eye conditions to see how well they are responding to current treatment and if changes are needed. Diagnosing can be easier, quicker, and more effective than with previous angiography technologies.
Interested in Learning More?
If you’re interested in learning more about OCT angiography, our knowledgeable staff would be more than happy to answer all of your questions. All you have to do is give our office a call to schedule a consultation.