Our easy-to-use device is designed to look and handle like the familiar otoscope. OCT images of the middle ear eliminate subjectivity and guesswork for the first time. A nurse-practitioner, physician’s assistant, or technician could perform the exam. This will free up the ENT specialist’s and make lower-cost, objective early screening possible.
Real-time middle ear morphology plus eardrum surface video.
Cross-sectional images of the middle ear are shown on the system’s screen, alongside video of the surface of the eardrum. The physician can evaluate the revealing OCT visual images of the middle ear without giving up the more familiar otoscopic view. Images can be saved for later analysis with the click of a button.
Unprecedented non-invasive views of the middle ear .
Peer-reviewed clinical studies of PhotoniCare’s technology include comparisons of patients with normal ears, acute otitis media (ear infection), and recurrent or chronic otitis media. OCT images and otoscopy images, both from our system, were analyzed. In the visual below, the presence of biofilm is clearly visible in the ear of a chronically infected patient (bottom right). Photos courtesy of the Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.