Heidelberg Engineering has relaunched its in vivo corneal confocal microscope – the HRT3 Rostock Cornea Module (RCM).
The HRT3 RCM is a compact ophthalmic device that uses confocal scanning laser microscopy to provide highresolution images of the cornea, the conjunctiva or the limbus at the cellular level.
The device scans the cornea with a field of view of up to 400 x 400μm, resulting in highresolution images that allow the user to navigate through all corneal layers – including the sub-differentiation of various epithelial cell layers – to identify keratocytes subpopulations and visualise the corneal subbasal nerve plexus. This comprehensive in vivo assessment of the cornea can aid clinicians in the diagnosis and monitoring of corneal pathologies, pre- and post-surgery evaluation, the assessment of dry eye disease, and in the evaluation of corneal nerve structure in diabetic patients.
The relaunched HRT3 RCM has a new headrest for corneal assessment. It also integrates into the company’s HEYEX 2 image management software environment, which enables new functionalities for streamlined workflows, such as automated report generation and archiving, or drag-and-drop exports for paperless data sharing.
With its ability to investigate the cornea at the cellular level, HRT3 RCM is expected to empower clinicians in fast-growing clinical areas such as dry eye disease, infectious corneal diseases, corneal dystrophies, diabetic neuropathy, as well as refractive and corneal treatment surgery.