When Apple introduced the first mass-produced personal computer in the 1970s, the technology was so limited that the computer had no lower-case functionality. Now, a Mac can produce hundreds of upper- and lower-case fonts, not to mention its many other applications for text, photos, music, and videos.
Explore this issue:August 2007
Currently, the use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) in otolaryngology is somewhat reminiscent of those early Apple days, but it will not stay this way for long. OCT is the next great transformative medical imaging modality, said Brian J. F. Wong, MD, PhD, Professor and Associate Director of the Division of Facial Plastic Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, Irvine.
OCT is a rapidly evolving, noninvasive, high-resolution optical imaging technique that produces cross-sectional images (7-10 μm) of living tissues to depths of up to 3 mm, using light in a manner similar to ultrasound.1