Different from fundus camera
Dr. Goldberg has compared the images from the new system to those taken with traditional fundus cameras, and said he found that the quality is as good as, or even better than, traditional fundus photos.
“You’re not compromising anything on your traditional fundus photography in order to get the widefield view,” he said.
The camera produces a 133° HD widefield image with one click. Two HD widefield images are automatically merged to achieve a 200° ultra-widefield view. The system’s internal fixation can be placed anywhere within the patient’s field of view to target specific parts of the retina.
The design of the system was aimed at making things easier and more comfortable for the patient, and more convenient for a photographer or technician than previous ultra-widefield imaging systems.
Previously released imaging systems involved a stationary camera and a patient would need to be moved into the optics, with the operator adjusting the patient’s head to move the eye into the focal point of the camera.
With the ultra-widefield camera, the patient sits down and puts their chin against a chin rest, and their forehead against the bar at the top, and the operator aligns the camera to the patient to focus and acquire the image.