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The Cirrus Photo 600: One system, two functions


Michael Hare
Dip AppSci(Optom) FAAO DPA GradCertOcularTherap FACO

Cirrus Photo 600



Our Southport practice has three operating consulting rooms and an additional instruments room that houses the Humphrey Visual Field Analyzer and OCT technology, making it one of the largest optometric practices under one roof in Queensland.

Over the years, our patients have come to appreciate and expect our team to know the ins and outs of state-of-the-art equipment. Like all good practices, we pride ourselves on our use of the instrumentation to detect and monitor conditions such as cataract, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

One of our consulting rooms is also used daily for routine standard retinal imaging on a Zeiss Visucam non-mydriatic camera, with all saved images uploaded to the Cloud. Ease of patient flow is always a critical factor to consider when purchasing new instrumentation, so it was a simple decision to purchase the Cirrus Photo 600, a single, integrated system that combines both fundus imaging and OCT.

For busy practices, an integrated device reduces the bottleneck that might occur if there were access to only one camera. As every practitioner knows, no matter how big your practice is, saving space is becoming increasingly important.

With the burgeoning clinical workload that is becoming more common in independent practices, choosing the technologies that suit your mode of practice is critical. The ageing population and the prevalence of glaucoma and AMD make a machine that has all the features offered by the Zeiss Photo 600 an enticing option.

True, a large screen can be used to display and discuss patient results with any of today’s OCT-retinal imaging machines, but the display of the Cirrus 600’s OCT five-line raster scans, retinal images, multiple comparison scans and images, rotational cube and sectorial/slice views and autofluorescence on a large high definition screen impresses the patients with extraordinary image quality.

In 35 years of clinical practice, I don’t think I’ve had the pleasure of using a diagnostic instrument that has so significantly raised the bar in terms of early detection of potential ocular pathological change.

We are installing the Zeiss Forum framework which, when linked to Optomate, will allow us to use progression analysis software to identify those patients whose ocular condition may have worsened.

Looking ahead and understanding the future trends in imaging, one can’t help but feel that autofluorescence and its use by optometry will shortly become mainstream. Autofluorescence capabilities as offered by the Zeiss Photo 600 deliver valuable insight into the activity of retinal conditions and the machine’s ease of use allows it to be easily integrated into day to day practice.

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