Article Date: 9/1/2010

Streamline Image Acquisition
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Streamline Image Acquisition

Ocular imaging device provides efficiency.

TODD AGNEW, O.D.

High quality ocular images are invaluable, as they enable us to fine tune our management of various conditions, such as diabetic retinopathy and diseases, such as glaucoma. I decided to incorporate the OIS EyeScan digital imaging device into my practice because it also streamlines image acquisition.

Three images per second

The EyeScan acquires five megapixel photos of both the anterior and posterior segments at three images per second. This allows me to view multiple images with ease and then share and discuss the images with my patients without delay. The quick retrieval of images not only expedites the exam process but also enhances patient education, which, in turn, increases patient compliance to my specific recommendations.

Also, you can download the images directly from the device to an electronic medical records system. This allows you to access the images at the patient's next appointment to determine whether his condition has changed, warranting an alteration in management.

Six imaging modules

The device has six interchangeable imaging modules (mydriatic color, optic nerve head stereo, fluorescein angiography, red reflex, tear film and corneal fluorescence). (A non-mydriatic module will be available in the last quarter and will be compatible with all existing EyeScans.) As a result, instead of having to transfer the patient to another exam room, I simply switch to the needed attachment and continue capturing images — something that also expedites the exam. The EyeScan automatically detects when I change modules, noting the module's information in its database with the image. This helps me track disease progression.

OIS EyeScan

HEIGHT: 9.7 inches
WIDTH: 4.8 inches
DEPTH: 6.1 inches
WEIGHT: 2 lbs
COST: $20,000

Three modes of use

The EyeScan can be used with three separate modes: its custom base and chin rest, a Slit Lamp Mounting Adapter or as a portable handheld device.

I use the custom-designed chin rest and base on most patients, as it provides a stable platform for imaging that keeps my patients and the EyeScan in place during the exam.

The Adapter lets you attach the device to your existing slit lamp when room space is an issue.

Finally, the EyeScan can operate as a portable, handheld device, allowing you to examine patients who have physical limitations that can either make positioning these patients behind a standard device difficult, and, therefore, time-consuming, or prevent them from undergoing imaging with a standard device. Also, the device's portability, enables it to be shared among doctors and technicians. This has the potential to save new practices money, as they may be able to use one imaging device instead of two or more. Personally, my practice has experienced cost savings in staff training because this device requires little training, enabling my staff to stay on course with their regular duties.

Because the EyeScan streamlines image acquisition via its ability to obtain three images per second and it offers six imaging modules and three modes of use — all while providing high quality digital images — it's become an essential imaging instrument in my practice. OM


DR. AGNEW IS THE DIRECTOR OF OPTOMETRIC SERVICES AT THE KEY-WHITMAN EYE CENTER IN DALLAS, TEXAS. E-MAIL HIM AT AGNEW@KEYWHITMAN.COM.

Optometric Management, Issue: September 2010