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OCT Luminary Figure Joseph Izatt Dies

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Joseph A. Izatt, the Michael J. Fitzpatrick Professor of Engineering and chair of Duke University's Department of Biomedical Engineering, died April 7.
Joseph Izatt. Courtesy of Duke University.
Joseph A. Izatt. Courtesy of Duke University.
Izatt played a foundational role in the development of optical coherence tomography (OCT). His collaboration with Duke ophthalmology professor Cynthia Toth to improve the accuracy of examination and surgery of the eye led to the development of handheld OCT systems for infants and the first intraoperative OCT-guided system for surgery.

Prior to joining Duke, Izatt held positions at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University, and co-founded medical device company and ophthalmic imaging solutions developer Bioptigen, which was acquired by Leica in 2015. Izatt authored more than 200 technical papers and holds more than 75 U.S. patents.

Izatt was a fellow of Optica, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the National Academy of Inventors, and SPIE. He received the Stephen D. Fantone Distinguished Service Award from Optica in 2022 and the Edwin H. Land Medal in 2021.

Published: April 2024
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Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging technique used in medical and scientific fields to capture high-resolution, cross-sectional images of biological tissues. It provides detailed, real-time, and three-dimensional visualization of tissue structures at the micrometer scale. OCT is particularly valuable in ophthalmology, cardiology, dermatology, and various other medical specialties. Here are the key features and components of optical coherence tomography: Principle of...
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