NOBLE’S Hospital’s League of Friends have donated a high-tech machine worth £75,000.
The Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine, used in the ophthalmology department, is a non-invasive and non-contact imaging system, which provides high-resolution cross-sectional images of the retina, vitreous and optic nerve head.
Member for Health Dudley Butt MLC said: ‘The purchase and donation of the OCT machine to Noble’s Hospital makes it possible to offer complex ophthalmology investigations on-island, without the patient having to travel to a Tertiary Centre in the UK. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Noble’s Hospital League of Friends and those who contribute to the fund.”
OCT is similar to ultrasonography but instead of sound waves, it uses near-infrared light interferometry.
Interferometry combines two or more light waves in an optical instrument in such a manner that interference occurs between them. These light reflections are then translated into a high resolution imaged object.