Ophthalmologists looking to detect any issues in the eye's anterior segment non-invasively yet with a high degree of precision should really consider incorporating an ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM) into their practice.
One of the problems that ophthalmologists face all the time with optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a lack of depth or limited penetration. This problem stems from the fact that the light emitted by OCT is unable to penetrate through the iris , which leaves many ophthalmologists and their patients in the dark.
Taking an ultrasound of the anterior segment overcomes these problems since with a UBM's high frequency ultrasound technology you can easily incorporate a 48 MHz probe into your practice for more precision, more reliable results, and seamless integration into your patients' electronic health records.
As ophthalmologist Dr. Larry Berstein explains, there's a lot of unnecessary trepidation that ophthalmologists feel about incorporating UBM directly into their practice.
For Dr. Berstein, though, and millions of other ophthalmologists from around the world, these worries were misplaced since UBM provides a crystal clear image into patients' anterior chamber depth without being at all hard to work with.
Dr. Berstein says, "Incorporating the UBM into the practice was not as difficult as I would have anticipated," and that's the experience of almost all of the ophthalmologists who've taken the UBM onboard in their practice.
Another, concern that Dr. Berstein had prior to testing out the UBM for himself was patient comfort, ease of use and whether the UBM would be seamlessly compatible with the electronic health records of his patients. Fortunately, on all three counts the UBM came out great.
"I thought there might be some resistance on the part of the patients…I did not find that."
"I thought that it would slow me down in my practice…I did not find that either."
And while Dr. Berstein admits to not being "a big computer person," he actually found that the interface on the UBM was easy to read with no signal loss and crystal clear ultrasound images. Dr. Berstein went onto say that:
"There was not a very steep learning curve."
Perhaps Dr. Berstein's satisfaction with his UBM unit owes something to the fact that UBM device - since they use ultrasonic waves - are not obstructed by things like ocular opacity or naturally occurring pigmentation.
This gives practicing ophthalmologists more of a chance to spot any kind of ocular abnormalities like cysts, blockages, or even tumors near the cornea, ciliary bodies, ciliary zonules or irises of patients.
UBM technology also provides diagnostically useful information concerning the type and severity of glaucoma in patient populations as well as clueing ophthalmologists and researchers into cysts, neoplasms and a host of foreign bodies.
In fact, when frequencies on UBM devices exceed 35 MHz - as is the case with Accutome's UBM Plus unit - you actually get three times the image clarity that you've come to expect from traditional ophthalmic ultrasound devices. This can greatly help ophthalmologists get a clearer view of anterior segment structures like the cornea in addition to patients' posterior chambers.
So, as Dr. Berstein has repeatedly found, your practice will benefit by incorporating a UBM into your day-to-day diagnostic work. You'll be able to see more patients since a UBM reading can be done very quickly once technicians have prepped the patient.
From there, Accutome's UBM devices make uploading to EHR and document transfers via email extremely easy. In the words of Dr. Berstein:
"I happen to have the Accutome device, and the Accutome peoples' service, support, education, and in-servicing has been phenomenal."