OCT allows you to take your life science research further, faster. Similar to ultrasound, OCT is an effective technology to look beneath the surface of samples without having to cut them open. But instead of sound, light is used to create a 2D or 3D tomogram, an image built up slice by slice. OCT ﬁlls the imaging gap between microscopy and ultrasound, able to image a few millimeters deep into tissues with 5 to 10 micron imaging resolution.
OCT is proven particularly effective in imaging eye tissues such as the retina and cornea, but can also be used to examine skin, teeth, and soft tissues throughout the body. The technology can offer unique capabilities for animal imaging ranging from mice and rats to rabbits, and even
dogs, cats and swine.
Previously OCT has been a difficult technology to adopt since it may be priced out of the lab environment with system costs in the $50K to $150K range and requiring a large footprint.
Lumedica’s OQ LabScope brings a whole new source of image data to the life science researcher with a price point and form factor that makes OCT accessible for biology laboratories.
In Biology, OCT provides the unique ability to image developing organisms without the need to sacriﬁce them. Cross sectional imaging can be used to examine tissue structures to assess phenotypes as they develop. OCT has also found a use in the ﬁeld of Regenerative Medicine, where it is critical to study engineered tissues and scaffolds non-destructively.