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Choosing the right tool for the job

Sales manager at Heidelberg Engineering, Nathan Odell, tells OT  about the company's Anterion device

02 May 2019 by Andrew McClean

Heidelberg Engineering’s Anterion device “streamlines the examination process in practice,” according to sales manager, Nathan Odell.

Harnessing swept-source optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology, Anterion provides a single solution for multiple examinations and measurements.

“It’s a device that is very easy to use, which provides a quick image acquisition service for the patient while giving reliable and repeatable results,” Mr Odell told OT.

Mr Odell explained that there are four different modalities that can be individually purchased on the device. This includes: Cornea, for topography, interior and posterior of the cornea; Metrics, measurement of interior chamber for glaucoma monitoring; Biometry, which is used in preparation for intraocular lens surgery; and Imaging for capturing and keeping interesting features on record.

“We don’t want to compromise on the image, so we chose the right tool for the right job,” he shared.

Sharing insight into the development of Anterion, Mr Odell said that Heidelberg Engineering has been talking about the device for four years, which has given them time to identify what practitioners need and “really do it properly.”

He added that the University Hospital of Wales has invested in the device as the Welsh Government aims to ease the burden on ophthalmology clinics and move some services into the community.

“They’re finding that there are patients who need to be managed but the hospital clinic is full up. They’ve put an Anterion out in the community setting, so that scans can be sent to the hospital and the ones that are of interest can be brought in while others can be managed in the community,” Mr Odell said.

Heidelberg Engineering has also created a photo montage of the whole eye using its diagnostic imaging technologies (pictured below).

Heidelberg 360 eye with vitreous

This image was created by Heidelberg Engineering’s development manager, Tim Cole, in Adobe Photoshop. It features five images taken on the Anterion and six images with the Spectralis. 

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