Which OCT Machine to Buy? Used or New?

March 11, 2009

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) machines are a marvel, and extremely useful- it’s pretty much standard in a retinologist’s offfice, and in some or many generalists’ offices. But which OCT machine is best, or which gives the best value for the dollar? And how have used machines fared? This forum would be very helpful for anyone considering the purchase of one of these, so your comments would be most appreciated.




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8 Responses to “Which OCT Machine to Buy? Used or New?”

  1. Randall V. Wong, M.D. on March 23rd, 2009 11:09 am

    The development of OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) has really revolutionized patient care for eye doctors. It offers diagnostic capabilities to the general eye practice and specialists, too. OCT is an easy way for a cataract surgeon to determine why a patient does not see well after cataract surgery. It is an easy way for retina specialists to follow treatment for wet ARMD or other macular diseases.

    The question of “Old vs New” has several answers. As it is becoming an integral part of most offices, old or new does not matter. The information it provides is unique and valuable. The older models (e.g. Zeiss Stratus) provide quick 2D images of the macula which are easy enough to understand to have a discussion with your patient. The newer models offer high-definition 3D images of the macular area which are even more intuitive and more reproducible than its counterparts.

    In short, no comprehensive office should be without an OCT, old or new. Older models are certainly cheaper which makes them more appealing in these hard economic times, however, the newer models produce images that are so appealing and easy to analyze that you will be trying hard not to use it on every patient!

    Randall V. Wong, M.D.
    Retinal Specialist

  2. J.F Martin or Dr Tamela Martin Inc. on July 28th, 2010 7:12 pm

    I am an administrator for Dr. Tamela Martin and we are looking for a OTC machine in the Indio to Palm Springs area to use for one year on a non profit I.R.B study. a non disclosure form is required to explain more but for a manufacturer this study will become law and open a market for a 3d OTC scan machine. We will provide honorable mention on any person/persons willing to help with a OTC scan machine. We are accruing all cost of this study with our time and donated services. This is a large undertaking but a huge plus for patient care and prevention of premature loss of vision. J.F.M

  3. Dr.Suhana on June 13th, 2011 5:11 am

    I m a post graduate dental student in india. I want to do a scientific study on oct machine and its clinical uses so that it it could be useful in oral cancer surgeries and its early detection. will u plz kindly provide me detailed information about machine with good photographs and its uses. thank u.

  4. Abu Baseer Specialist Eye clinic on July 21st, 2011 7:29 am

    Am looking for a sedond hand or refurbished OCT in very good condition for a clinic in Africa. Kindly contact me directly with the price. thanks

  5. Henry Patterson on October 29th, 2011 7:59 am


    I recall that Veterans affairs hospitals often get rid of their equipment after a while. You could check with them. They may have an auction.


  6. NKIRU KIZOR on September 9th, 2012 11:51 am

    Which OCT is the best to buy now especially if you dont want to buy another one in the near future? That is, which OCT has the best features now as well as being easy to interprete and handle?

  7. Dr Sagar on May 2nd, 2013 12:30 am

    Hi ,

    I am starting my retina practice in Maharashtra , India. I am looking for refurbished OCT machines either Optovue retvue / Zeiss stratus model with 7.0 software version. Kindly help me out if anyone has any information for the same.

  8. Padmanabhan on July 4th, 2013 4:47 am

    It would be greatly appreciated if any one can share with me the comparision of different OCTs available in the market?
    Thank you


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