The Japanese company Topcon has announced a new OCT device: TRITON. The ancient Greeks called a god of the sea Triton. He was blowing on a snail shell to reignite hurricanes and to dominate the sea and all mariner. He could steer ships by his wish and thanks to his exceptional power.
Well, you may think, who should care, just another OCT machine, again? But this time, stay still for some seconds and listen to the promising possibilities of future OCTs, for the benefit of all ophthalmologists and patients.
On the first impression, well, it is just an ordinary medtech box, nice designed, compact and easy to operate. What else? Below the surface, as in the sea, a real treasure could be hidden. Japanese are world famous for their delicate fine arts and they may hide the true value.
TRITON seems to be very powerful, because it promises so much:
- fastest OCT technology using 1050 nanometer SWEPT SOURCE OCT (SSOCT),
- deep range imaging
- en face OCT
- vitreous visualization
- accurate registration and tracking
- standard color fundus imaging
- fundus autofluorescence (AF)
- fluorescence angiography (FA)
- anterior segment imaging
- DICOM connectivity for a paperless office
If an OCT scanner in 2015 should have all these magic medtech tools by today, then it would be a monster like the famous Godzilla. Maybe, in some decades, we will say to our children: “… that once upon, there was a time, when ophthalmologists used a separate device for all their needs”.
Godzilla could not talk in the films, so, even we leave the words aside and show you brand new images from the very first “Swiss TRITON SSOCT”. Triton seems to be not a Swiss knife but an united origami of the most modern eye technology.
Dr. med. Peter Maloca, Lucerne & Basel, Switzerland.
You tell me, you don’t love OCT.