1. Mapping a baby’s retina for signs of blindness

    Mapping a baby’s retina for signs of blindness
    DUKE—New imaging technology may go a long way to improving diagnosis and treatment of a condition that causes blindness in premature babies. The hand-held device, developed in part by biomedical engineers at Duke University, uses spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD OCT) to create a 3-D image of the back of the eye. “This new tool is changing the way we identify eye conditions in infants,” says Cynthia Toth, professor of ophthalmology and biomedical engineering. Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is one of the most common causes of vision loss in children, affecting about 16,000 babies each year, according ...
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    1. Now, for the first time, we can take the SD OCT system into the neonatal intensive care unit and hold it over the infant's eye without touching the eye and image the retina while the infant is lying in the bed.
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