Giving Kids a Chance to See

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scans can be potentially sight saving and lifesaving in certain eye conditions.

They are effectively an optical ultrasound that use light rays to produce three dimensional images from within the eye. This allows retinal disorders such as macular degeneration and glaucoma, and even some eye cancers to be diagnosed with far more precision than regular diagnostic equipment.

Thanks to Foundation donors, the hospital is one of the first in Australia to have a portable OCT machine. Many children find it difficult to sit still long enough for effective imaging to take place. The portable version allows patients to be scanned while lying down, rather than sitting up, reducing the need for general anaesthetic in many cases.

PMH patient Conor is pictured here having an optical ultrasound using the OCT machine.

Read more about how our generous donors help the PCH Foundation to invest in leading edge equipment here

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