Canon makes full-fledged entry into optical coherence tomography market with launch of first
Canon-brand OCT fundus-examination device
September 6, 2012
TOKYO, September 6, 2012—Canon Inc. and Canon Marketing Japan Inc. announced today the launch in Japan
of the new OCT-HS100 optical coherence tomography (OCT) fundus-examination device, which enables 3-D examinations while
featuring a range of automatic functions and high-image-quality performance. Targeting hospitals and ophthalmology clinics,
the OCT-HS100 supports the diagnosis of retinal disorders, including such leading causes of eyesight loss as age-related
macular degeneration and glaucoma.
Since welcoming OPTOPOL Technology S.A. into the Canon Group in February 2010, Canon has been moving forward with the
commercialization of OCT devices toward its full-fledged entry into the OCT segment. Canon is working to further expand
its eyecare business not only by newly introducing the first Canon-brand OCT device to the company’s product range, but
also by offering a comprehensive lineup of fundus-examination devices.
Featuring a scanning speed of 70,000 A-scans per second, the new Canon OCT-HS100 is capable of generating a 3-D tomogram of
the retina as large as 10 x 10 mm in approximately two seconds. At the same time, the device prevents image lapses due to
fixation disparity or blinking, making possible the high-quality, accurate OCT imaging required for retinal-disorder examinations.
The OCT-HS100 is the industry’s first*1 OCT fundus-examination device to employ Anterior Segment Auto Alignment, which detects
and automatically aligns with the center of a patient’s pupil. The Auto Alignment, Auto Coherence-gate Alignment,*2 and Auto Focus
functions enable fully automatic operation, allowing users to reliably acquire necessary visualizations with just two button clicks
from a PC.
By consolidating basic operations on the user’s PC, the OCT-HS100 makes possible quick examinations,
from patient positioning through to image and data analysis. Furthermore, by enabling the device and PC used to be installed
in any location, users can flexibly modify the positioning of the patient and examiner. The compact OCT-HS100 features a body
measuring approximately 387 (w) x 499 (d) x 474 cm (h) and weighs approximately 29 kg.
With an axial resolution of 3μm, the new OCT-HS100 features the industry’s highest*1 depth resolution,
making possible the capture of high-quality images of each part of the retina for highly accurate examinations
of even microscopic lesions. Furthermore, the device is capable of averaging up to 50 tomograms to realize high-quality images
with reduced noise.
The Canon OCT-HS100 includes eight different scan modes to support the examination of various patient conditions,
including Macula 3D Scan, which analyzes for macular disease; Glaucoma 3D Scan, which tests for glaucoma by measuring
the thickness of the retina’s nerve fiber layer (NFL), ganglion cell layer (GCL) and inner plexiform layer (IPL);
and Disc 3D Scan, which focuses on NFL thickness and optic nerve head (ONH) measurement parameters. Supporting a
variety of usage needs, the device produces a separate report for each condition.
The Canon OCT-HS100 will be available in Japan from mid September 2012, priced at ¥9.8 million yen (excluding tax).
Canon has set initial production at 60 units per month.
*1 Among commercially available OCT ophthalmic devices, as of September 1, 2012. Based on Canon research.
*2 A function that automatically detects and adjusts the positioning of the tomography preview accordingly upon display.
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