Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has long been a staple for in-office imaging of the eye. The machine, which works similar to an ultrasound, renders pictures and 3-D models of the various thin layers of different parts of the eye, most commonly, the retina. One researcher is opening doors and using this technology to image the properties of mircrocellulose suspensions.
OCTs use wave technology to cause what is called interference. This in effect renders a model of media based on the density of its components. In ophthalmology, these renderings reveal the layers that make up the retina which are often only several micrometers thick. One researcher from the University of Jyväskylä took the longstanding technology and found a new use for it by imaging microfibrillated and nanofibrillated celluloses. In this application, she stared a novel way to study the often misunderstood properties of the medium (University of Jyväskylä, 2019).
While this study can be applied directly to the fiber industry, the idea of taking the OCT and scanning other aqueous media opens doors for a multitude of other industries. In health sciences alone, the use of the technology is constantly being broadened. Whereas OCT was once only used for the posterior retina, newer machines even specialize in the anterior chamber. By conjuring up additional novel uses for the machine, we can better understand both what we are studying and the technology itself.
University of Jyväskylä – Jyväskylän yliopisto. (2019, August 2). Eye imaging technology provides opportunities in biotechnology: Optical coherence tomography can be utilized in developing the material properties of microfibrillated celluloses. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 6, 2019 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases