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Spectralis proves worth in leading neurology research clinic

A state-of-the-art UK regenerative neurology research clinic is making much use of the Heidelberg SPECTRALIS to accurately assess the state of nerve fibre layers.

The University of Edinburgh’s newly opened Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic – funded by author J.K. Rowling in memory of her late mother – is using the SPECTRALIS to monitor up to ten patients a day. Many have multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, early onset dementia or other neuro-degenerative conditions.

Dr James Cameron, Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist, (pictured right with patient) said that the SPECTRALIS has proved to “have immediate clinical value for assessing those with multiple sclerosis, often referred to as the Scottish Disease, assessing the state of the nerve fibre layers and monitoring patients over time with a high level of precision”.

He added “This non-invasive monitoring will help us to assess responses to new treatments and drugs.  I can see the SPECTRALIS becoming an essential tool in every neurology unit.  The scans tell us things that an MRI cannot – it is quick, easy and non-invasive, without even a puff of air and is a valuable part of the work that we are doing.”

The Anne Rowling Clinic brings together researchers and clinicians from a number of disciplines to provide a centre of excellence that integrates research with patient care. “To have this multi-disciplinary team all in the same building, at the same time, makes life a lot easier for patients and aids our research collaborations. We are hoping to publish new knowledge in this field of study and the SPECTRALIS will be an important part of standard care for patients with neuro-degenerative diseases,” said James, who is using the technology as an essential part of this PhD study.

Of particular value is the NSite Analytics software within the SPECTRALIS which provides unrivalled analysis of the peripapillary retinal nerve fibre layers. The SPECTRALIS is able to track small change in the retinal axons by minimising motion artifact and automatically scanning in the same location at follow-up. Narrowing the range of variability using TruTrack active eye tracking technology is key to providing one-micron smallest measurable change.

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