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Fast, automatic and indispensable

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Kevin M O’Brien
BOptom(Hons) MOptom GCOT FACBO

Product
Canon HS100 OCT

Supplier
OptiMed

 

My practice is in Singleton NSW, a rural town 200 kilometres from Sydney, so service and support were important considerations in the purchase of an OCT. A small second consulting room necessitated that an OCT be compact, efficient, quiet and simple to operate.

I trialled different OCT options, including combination OCT and fundus camera style machines, and we unanimously decided to purchase the Canon HS100 from OptiMed.

The HS100 is fully automatic and extremely fast. Its operation is very quiet and it acquires 70,000 A-scans per second at a true three-micron axial resolution, with 10-layer recognition. It’s the highest resolution OCT currently on the market. The quality of the scans afforded by a scanning laser ophthalmoscope and the fundus preview that it provided justified the purchase of a dedicated OCT.

Our practice provides full-scope therapeutic optometric service with a special interest in behavioural optometry. It is busy and encompasses a wide age range of patients. We have found the HS100 to be very easy to use, reliable and efficient. It was easy to incorporate into the practice workflow and has become a major asset to our patient management and diagnosis.

Our return on investment has been a pleasant surprise with the investment gains comparing favourably to investment cost. There is little resistance on the part of patients when informed of the cost and benefits of a comprehensive OCT scan, and the quality of the scan is a valuable educational tool when discussing the test results with the patient.

Against this background, it came as a surprise when the HS100 developed a hiccup in the automatic alignment system. I contacted OptiMed with a sinking heart, knowing that I was 200 kilometres from Sydney. The company had Brenton, a technician on my front door at 7.30 the next morning in an attempt to have an OCT functioning for my first patient of the day. He had arrived with a near-new OCT to lend us.

Brenton swapped it over in time for the first patient and took our machine back to Sydney for servicing. This involved a round trip of 400 kilometres, which he repeated 72 hours later with our fully-functioning OCT.

My choice of OptiMed and its Canon HS100 was fully vindicated.

 

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Scan reveals central serous retinopathy



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