OCT systems are reaching new biomedical applications!In parallel of ophthalmology, OCT was developed and tested in new biomedical fields like : cardiovascular, dermato-logy, gastroenterology, small animal imaging... Indeed, as label-free, non-invasive, high-resolution technologies, OCT systems are very efficient tools for the diagnosis and monitoring of pathologies that are at the heart of public health concerns like Age-related Macular Disease, skin cancer, cardiovascular diseases, barett’s esophagous, breast cancer, etc.The question now is: which one these applications will give a second wind to the OCT market?The present report provides market and technical data on the use of OCT for ophthalmology and other Healthcare and Life Science applications. It gives a complete description of the most promising ones i.e. cardiology and dermatology. Market forecasts from 2014 to 2019 per application are also provided.
New technologies increase OCT performanceThis shift towards new applications comes along with the emergence of new components and systems.In order to allow a wider acceptance of OCT in new biomedical applications, R&D efforts seek to improve the performance and the compactness of OCT components and sub-systems. The trends is towards miniaturization with the development of technologies like on-chip spectrometers.Moreover, developments of functional OCT systems are undertaken to have access to more precise diagnostics. The aim is to provide quantitative information on biological processes or chemical composition.This report details current and future trends in OCT components and systems.