With advanced technology, doctors can use OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) to obtain clear images of the blood vessels in the retina and choroid.
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.
Since the images are detailed and instantaneous, your retinal specialist will be able to determine the presence of any abnormalities rather quickly. From there, your treatment plan can be customized to provide you with a better outcome. Your specialist will have a range of options available to best treat your particular condition.
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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.