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Boston Micromachines Deformable Mirror Chosen by Physical Science Inc. for Optical Coherence Tomography System
Deformable Mirror Enables Improved Image Quality of Human Retina for Diagnoses of Diabetic Retinopathy and Macular Degeneration

Watertown, Mass., April 10, 2006 — Boston Micromachines Corporation (BMC) a leading provider of MEMS-based deformable mirror products for adaptive optics systems, today announced that Physical Sciences, Inc. (PSI) has selected its Multi-DM deformable mirror for use in its adaptive optics spectral domain optical coherence tomography (AO-SDOCT) system. The combination of AO and SDOCT enables better imaging of the human retina.

 “The Multi-DM has proven reliability and high performance,” said Dr. Daniel X. Hammer, Principal Research Scientist at Physical Science Inc.  “Our previous success integrating a BMC deformable mirror into our adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope (AOSLO) led to our decision to build the AO-SDOCT with a BMC mirror.”

In the past, researchers and clinicians have been unable to see critical features in the human retina due to ocular aberrations that limited imaging resolution.   The Multi-DM’s sophisticated aberration compensation will enable better resolution imaging of the human retina than ever before.  This improvement in image quality will allow clinicians using the AO-SDOCT system to detect and diagnose diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration as well as to determine the efficacy of drugs in drug studies.
 
The Multi-DM boasts a longer stroke than other mirrors which enables the correction of larger aberrations of the human eyes.  This allows clinicians to image a higher percentage of patients with both better and worse eyes to advance the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of eye pathologies.

“We are pleased to be working with PSI on its novel SDOCT system,” Paul Bierden, president and CEO of Boston Micromachines.  “Our Multi-DM has again demonstrated its reliability and technical strengths. We look forward to our continued work with PSI’s world-class research staff.”

Boston Micromachines award winning deformable mirrors are the standard for wavefront correction in ophthalmic adaptive optics systems around the world.  The Multi-DM is used by leading vision scientists at the University of California - Berkeley, the Wellman Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, the University of Rochester, Indiana University and the Center for Adaptive Optics.  The research advances enabled by this DM system show promise to improve diagnosis, understanding, and even treatment of blinding retinal diseases.

 

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