April 21, 2017 Conference


The Development of OCT and its Translation from Fundamental Research to Clinical Practice

Dr. James Fujimoto, Research Laboratory of Electronics / Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (Presenter)
Speaker Session Topic
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) was developed in 1991 and has evolved to become a standard diagnostic imaging tool in ophthalmology. Today, it is estimated that there are ~20-30 Million OCT imaging procedures performed worldwide every year and the OCT system market is approaching $1B per year. OCT has helped diagnose patients with retinal disease at early treatable stages, preventing or greatly reducing irreversible vision loss. The technology has facilitated pharmaceutical development and contributed to fundamental understanding of disease mechanisms in multiple fields. The invention and translation of OCT from fundamental research to daily clinical practice would not have been possible without a complex ecosystem involving interaction among physics, engineering, and clinical medicine; government funding of fundamental and clinical research; collaborative and competitive research in the academic sector; entrepreneurship and industry; addressing clinical needs; harnessing the innovation that occurs at the boundaries of disciplines; and economic and societal impact. This presentation discusses the development of OCT and how the combination of technological innovation, clinical studies and commercialization drove its translation from fundamental research to clinical practice in ophthalmology as well as other clinical specialties.