1. Duke University Receives NIH Grant for Portable Stabilized Optical Coherence Tomography for Eye Care in Acute Care Settings

    Duke University Receives NIH Grant for Portable Stabilized Optical Coherence Tomography for Eye Care in Acute Care Settings

    Duke University Receives a 2019 NIH Grant for $384,440 for Portable Stabilized Optical Coherence Tomography for Eye Care in Acute Care Settings. The principal investigator is Anthony Kuo The program began in 2018 and ends in 2021. Below is a summary of the proposed work.

    This research proposal from a multi-disciplinary team including an emergency medicine physician, ophthalmologists, and biomedical engineers seeks to improve the ability of acute care providers to diagnose and triage eye pathology at the point of care. Acute care settings such as emergency departments frequently take care of patients seeking eye care. In these acute care settings, standard of care instruments to examine the eye are notoriously difficult to use and interpret, and specialty ophthalmic care can be delayed or unavailable. To improve the ability of acute care providers to diagnose and triage these patients appropriately, we will introduce an optical coherence tomography (OCT) system specifically for this environment. This OCT system will have hardware and software innovations to maximize the ability of acute care providers to acquire accurate, high quality three-dimensional volumes of their patients' eyes. With these three-dimensional renders of the eye, acute care providers can view the patient's eye on a display from any perspective to identify pathologies such as macular edema from diabetes or optic nerve head swelling from increased intracranial pressure. These developments have both direct immediate clinical and research applicability by providing acute care providers with the ability to readily examine patient eyes in three-dimensions. In addition, there are future implications as a platform for remote diagnostic capabilities in other settings where specialty eye care may be limited.

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