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Carl Zeiss Meditec celebrates installation of 1,000th Cirrus HD-OCT system

Carl Zeiss Meditec : 18 July, 2008  (Company News)
The 1,000th Cirrus HD-OCT system has been installed by Carl Zeiss Meditec with the deployment of a system at the Pima Eye Institute in Tucson, Arizona, USA.
First introduced in November 2007, Cirrus HD-OCT is used for identifying retinal and glaucoma disease characteristics and for monitoring disease progression.

“We researched all the leading optical coherence tomography platforms on the market today and chose Cirrus for several key reasons,” said Ajay Sanan, MD, an ophthalmic surgeon at Pima Eye Institute. “Based on our first-hand experience, Zeiss consistently delivers high quality technology and we were confident that Cirrus would keep with this longstanding tradition. The glaucoma analysis capabilities surpass those of any other platform. For our cataract and retina patients, the individual HD layer maps help us to uncover retinal pathologies and explain why a patient does not see as well as expected. Even with these expected benefits, we have been surprised by the utility and efficiency of this system and use it for a far greater percentage of our patients than we had originally predicted.”

Pima Eye Institute provides specialty eye care to the Southern Arizona community.

Integration of the 1,000th Cirrus platform was achieved seamlessly at Pima Eye Institute, according to ophthalmology technician, Christina Schiermeyer. ”The Cirrus is straightforward and easy to use. After a quick training session, we have been able to smoothly operate the machine to capture excellent images.”

The Cirrus HD-OCT is the first spectral domain technology instrument to offer high definition 3D maps of individual retinal layers to reveal pathology hidden within the retinal tissue. The Cirrus also automates patient and image alignment to ensure precision and measurement reproducibility critical to glaucoma patient assessment. These advanced imaging and analysis capabilities enable physicians to more confidently diagnose patients with retinal disease and glaucoma and monitor treatment results.

“With more than a decade of experience, Zeiss has the longest track record of research, engineering and product development in the field of OCT,” said Jim Taylor, president and chief executive officer of Carl Zeiss Meditec. “The Cirrus platform is in high demand because of the significant clinical and Practice management benefits that it has demonstrated in the field. One key attribute is that it makes detailed information more tangible and accessible, providing workflow and operational efficiencies for clinicians and technicians.”

The Cirrus HD-OCT is the latest addition to the Zeiss family of OCT imaging devices, a technology suite that is designed to meet the evolving needs of the ophthalmic practice, the ageing patient population and the healthcare system. Zeiss continues to invest in each of its OCT products, which in addition to the Cirrus HD-OCT, include the Stratus OCT and the Visante OCT.
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