The project addresses a significant technical challenge and offers a large opportunity by advancing a well-established optical imaging technology for medical care. To evaluate the potential and the usability of the mobile technology, it will be developed jointly in the consortium and assessed by medical doctors and scientists of the Medical University Vienna for benchmarking. The successful evaluation in an established medical application will open the door to OCT’s broad mobile use for 'in-the-field' care and point-of-care, and in the clinical praxis.
The project comprises researchers from one university, two research institutions, and four companies. The technological core of the project, the integrated photonic chip, is designed by researchers from AIT and imec and processed in imec’s CMOS Pilot Line. The chip’s packaging and interface adaption are realized by researchers from Tyndall National Institute, which includes the at-chip microfabrication of freeform optics developed by Nanoscribe. Researchers from Innolume develop a novel akinetically tunable light source, representing another key component of the technology. The packaged photonic chip and the light source are integrated in a handheld ophthalmic prototype system developed and realized by Carl Zeiss with support by researchers from the Medical University Vienna. The handheld system requires a high degree of integration and miniaturization of all the optics, mechanics and electronics, meeting the conditions for its clinical evaluation at the Medical University.
Abb. 1: Partners of the European research project HandheldOCT at the kick-off meeting in Vienna. Image: Medical University of Vienna
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