Ellex to Launch Rapide™ Pattern Scanning Photocoagulator at EURETINA 2013

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Haag-Streit UK (HS-UK), the leading manufacturer and distributor of gold-standard optometry and ophthalmic equipment is delighted to announce the European launch of the Ellex Rapide™ Pattern Scanning Photocoagulator at the 13th EURETINA Congress taking place in Hamburg from 26th - 29th September 2013. Hosting retinal experts from around the globe, EURETINA offers an international insight into medical and surgical retina, and presents the ideal launch platform for this breakthrough in retinal treatment technology.

Ellex Rapide

We are delighted that the Rapide has now been launched in the UK market. It is the industry’s fastest pattern scanning photocoagulator and is a perfect match for the superior optics of a BM900 or BQ900 Haag-Streit slit lamp.

Haag-Streit UK (HS-UK), the leading manufacturer and distributor of gold-standard optometry and ophthalmic equipment is delighted to announce the European launch of the Ellex Rapide™ Pattern Scanning Photocoagulator at the 13th EURETINA Congress taking place in Hamburg from 26th - 29th September 2013. Hosting retinal experts from around the globe, EURETINA offers an international insight into medical and surgical retina, and presents the ideal launch platform for this breakthrough in retinal treatment technology.

More than 60 million people suffer from diabetes in the European region with an expected increase in prevalence. In light of the burgeoning diabetes epidemic, pattern scanning has become an indispensable tool for the retinal surgeon.

Pattern scanning lasers, which were first introduced in ophthalmology during the previous decade, represent a major advancement in the treatment of retinal disease. Not only do they save time for the physician and help to streamline patient flow, they also reduce treatment discomfort for the patient.

Pattern scanning technology uses millisecond pulse durations, which allows physicians to achieve the desired therapeutic effect whilst minimising patient discomfort. These millisecond pulses dramatically reduce both vertical and horizontal thermal diffusion (especially to the choroid) of the laser energy. The result is targeted burns with minimal collateral damage to surrounding tissue, and a limited risk of macular edema.

The Rapide™ has been developed specifically for the application of pattern scanning laser technology. Unlike other systems on the market, which have been adapted from conventional single-shot photocoagulation and provide limited precision, visibility and patient accessibility due to the use of external adapters, the Rapide™ delivers more reliable – and faster – system performance.

Jacqui Kenyon, HS-UK Product Manager for the Rapide™, said, “We are delighted that the Rapide has now been launched in the UK market. It is the industry’s fastest pattern scanning photocoagulator and is a perfect match for the superior optics of a BM900 or BQ900 Haag-Streit slit lamp. Featuring the latest generation of pattern scanning laser technology and equipped with two high-precision, high-speed galvanometers scanning at 4 KHz, the Rapide™ allows physicians to deliver 2000 laser shots during PRP treatment in less than 7 minutes, including the time required to prepare the patient.”

The Rapide™ offers a multitude of patterns and pattern variations, including the option to set the pattern as an outline in aiming beam mode. This enables the physician to observe the laser-tissue effect during treatment. The Rapide™ also allows physicians to perform treatment in single-shot mode.

The Rapide will be showcased at EURETINA on stand H139 for any customer who would like a demonstration. For more information on the Rapide, contact HS-UK on (01279) 456255 or email info(at)haag-streit-uk(dot)com.

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