Spinal stenosis is an age-related disease where progressive narrowing of the spinal canal can result in neck and back pain. About 5 of every 1000 persons older than 50 years have symptoms, and one of the treatment options is a demanding surgery.

OCTLIGHT is involved in a new project as one of the companies on the Project Accompanying Committee. The project “Innovative Therapy of Spinal Stenosis by Laser Ablation under OCT Control” (InTherSteLa) is approved and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and received 249,832 EUR in funding. The Laser Zentrum Hannover e. V. leads the project, which will take place from 01.09.2022 to 28.02.2025.

This exciting project aims to develop a flexible handpiece that enables high-precision bone removal without endangering deeper tissue layers. The project will combine two techniques to obtain this: bone ablation by a medical laser in live foresight using OCT.

High-speed OCT imaging is required to provide a live preview, and OCTLIGHT Caliper-HERO technology is a viable technology to commercialize this into practice.

OCTLIGHT is honoured to have been awarded the Seal of Excellence by the EIC Jury for its EIC Accelerator project proposal on the commercialization of its VCSEL technology to meet the demands for improved eye health diagnostics. The project aims to bring cost-efficient 3D imaging with clinically required axial resolution and a wide field of view into broad market adoption to benefit billions of people with visual impairment. The project would support the final development, upscaling and demonstration with partners to bring this disruptive technology into the hands of eye care professionals.

The Seal of Excellence is a quality label awarded to project proposals submitted by start-ups and SMEs under Horizon Europe that has undergone review by business domain experts. It provides access to EIC Business Acceleration Services, which facilitate funding from other sources. In addition, when a project has been awarded the Seal of Excellence, the evaluation summary report, the proposal and the Certificate itself are fraud-proofed as they are digitally protected.

The Seal of Excellence is a recommendation for the proposal, which did not receive funding due to budget constraints, to receive funding from other sources.

Read more here: The EIC awarded 160 Seals of Excellence to help innovative companies find funding.

OCTLIGHT will be attending LASER World of Photonics 2022 from the 26th to 29th of April in Munich at Messe München. The main topics at the trade fair are laser systems for industrial production, laser and optoelectronics, optics, sensors, measuring and testing technology, and optical engineering.

OCTLIGHT’s products are applicable in many types of applications. With our Caliper-HERO or Caliper-FLEX laser modules in your OCT scanners, 3D OCT images of the eye can be obtained making medical diagnostics easier and more secure.

Come by our booth to talk about our VCSEL Swept Source products Caliper-HERO and Caliper-FLEX and hear about how they can bring White Light Interferometry (WLI) to new heights by increasing imaging speed and range using coherent detection. Caliper-HERO and Caliper-FLEX can be used for respectively ultra-fast imaging and long imaging range which benefits within multiple application areas such as medical, ophthalmology, industrial, metrology, and LiDAR.

We hope to see you at booth B5.130 to discuss further applications.

Click here to book a meeting with us at the tradeshow!

Octlight will be attending Photonics West 2022 from the 25th to the 27th of January in San Francisco at the Moscone Center. We look forward to meet current and new customers to discuss the applications of our VCSEL Swept Sources.

Octlight´s products are applicable in many types of applications. When using Octlight´s ultra-fast Caliper-HERO or Caliper-FLEX laser modules in your OCT scanners, it is possible to take full 3D OCT images of the eye and make medical diagnostics easier and more secure.

Come talk to us about how our MHz A-scan rate Caliper-HERO can help you achieve ultra-fast imaging for applications such as wider field of view Ophthalmic imaging and very fast in-line inspection industrial imaging. You might also be looking at applications that require very long imaging range, our Caliper-FLEX achieve this with the inherently long coherence length of the MEMS-VCSEL technology allowing for mm to meter range micrometer resolution imaging.

We hope to meet you at booth 3016 from 9am to 3pm PST to discuss further applications.

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Octlight will be available virtually at Photonics+ Virtual Exhibition and Conference on June 29th and 30th. Join us at our booth here.

Drop by our booth to talk about the opportunities if you are looking to integrate a MHz or kHz VCSEL Swept Source in your next project or any other business that you would like to discuss.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Thor Ersted Ansbæk, CEO of OCTLIGHT, will also be talking about “Fast 3D imaging with MHz swept-source VCSEL” on Wednesday, 30th of June, 13:15 CET. You can join the presentation here.

Missed the presentation? Then check the presentation out at the EPIC youtube channel. Write us any questions you may have!

Introducing the fastest VCSEL Swept Source to market

Fast 3D imaging with MHz VCSEL Swept Source

OCTLIGHT is extending the Caliper product family with the new Caliper-HERO which is the fastest available scalable solution for 3D OCT imaging on the market. It is based on the truly single-mode wavelength tuning VCSEL technology. The patented Highly Efficient Resonant Oscillator (HEROTM) achieves blazing MHz speeds and single channel acquisition. This pushes the performance that can be achieved in e.g. blood flow imaging, wider field of view imaging and real-time 3D imaging for robotic surgery with a clear path for translation into commercial product benefitting ophthalmologists and patients.

Caliper-HERO is a natural extension of the Eurostars project BLINK which demonstrated MHz imaging stable enough for k-space remapping. In this way the conventional k-clock signal and additional digitizer channel required is avoided. This makes high throughput OCT imaging possible using just a single digitizer acquisition channel and digital signal processing architecture. The BLINK project with partners Prof. Christoph Meyer, Bern University of Applied Sciences and Prof. MD. Lars Michael Larsen, Glostrup Hospital, has provided an excellent starting point demonstrating an MHz SS-OCT setup with state-of-the-art digitizers.

Available to innovators today, ready for scaling up tomorrow

The Caliper-HERO module will be available today with 1.7 MHz A-scan rates and 40-50 nm wavelength tuning range. Based on the Caliper product platform the module has built-in safety features for integration in clinical prototypes and A-scan trigger for synchronization to beam scanners.

The module is ready from lab setups to clinical prototypes. The scalable platform builds on proven VCSEL technology providing a clear path towards commercialization of ultrafast OCT devices.

For more information

We will be present at Photonics West 2021 Digital Forum, March 6-11.

Contact CEO Thor Ansbaek, thor@octlight.com, to schedule a meeting or to hear more about Caliper-HERO.

OCTLIGHT ApS – Established in 2014. Headquarter in Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark. Development and sales of VCSEL enabled swept source technology for Optical Coherence Tomography.

We will be present at SPIE online conference Photonics West 2021 on March 6th to 11th. We look forward to update current customers on our progress and meet new to discuss applications of our OCT Swept Source.

We look forward talking to attendees from Asia, Europe, and USA at the Photonics West 2021 Digital Forum. Join us for a chat at our booth the following times all days from March 6th to 11th:
Asia: 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M (CST)
Europe: 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M (CET)
North America: 12:00 P.M.- 2:00 P.M. (PST)

You can also make an appointment here with your preferred time.

We will be present at the online event PHOTONICS+ Virtual Exhibition and Conference, in partnership with EPIC, which will be taking place 17-18/2-2021. We look forward to update current customers on our progress and meet new to discuss applications of our OCT Swept Source.

VCSEL OCT Swept Source enable ranging and imaging at millimeter to meter ranges at kHz to MHz repetition rates. For Ophthalmic imaging this enables fast wide-field/angiography imaging of the retina and whole-eye imaging for biometry.

Across the world we have all had to adopt to online communcation. We hope to see you at this opportunity to engange in discussions regarding our VCSEL based Swept Source technology.

Approach us to discuss if you are looking to integrate a small form-factor Swept Source with kHz imaging rate and 25 nm tuning range at 1060 nm in your next project. Available both as benchtop turn-key and module for integration. The module has been tested to CE standards and includes a safety interlock for medical imaging.

At the event you can also hear more about our upcoming module with MHz imaging rate. Go 10X faster and enable new features for your customers.

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