eyeMITRA Mobile Retinal Imaging Solution Portable Inexpensive
Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) is the leading cause of adult blindness. Today, there are over 366 million diabetics globally and this figure is expected to rise dramatically in the next decade. About a quarter of this population comprise individuals who either have or will go on to develop DR. Those who report early signs of blindness have likely transitioned into a stage of DR that is already too advanced for non-invasive treatments. Early detection is critical and retinal exams can be used to diagnose the disease early. Even in the US however, over 40% of diabetic patients do not get the recommended retinal screens and globally the percentage is even larger. The explanation for this unexpectedly high statistic is that the current instrumentation used in retinal exams is prohibitively expensive for use in routine care, large and inefficient to operate.
eyeMITRA is a mobile retinal imaging solution that brings retinal exams to the realm of routine care, by lowering the cost of the imaging device to a 10th of its current cost, integrating the device with image analysis software and predictive analytics. We expect the eyeMITRA solution to not only dramatically improve quality of eye care and reduce cases of blindness due to DR in the US, but to also bring routine diagnostic retinal examinations to the developing countries where a standard for eye care for diabetics might not even exist today.
See this video which explains this fantastic development, not only for diabetics, but for third world countries
The technology for eyeMITRA was developed at MIT Media Lab’s Camera Culture Group led by Prof. Ramesh Raskar.
Ramesh Raskar, PhD; Co-Inventor, Ramesh has years of research experience in developing imaging devices and recently demonstrated an array of affordable solutions for eye diagnostics including devices such as NETRA (for refractive errors) and CATRA (for cataracts).
Moshe Ben-Ezra, PhD; Moshe was a lead researcher at Microsoft Research Asia, and member of the technical staff at Siemens Corporate Research. He specializes in computer vision, computational photography and novel sensor development.
Amy Canham; With an Electrical and Biomedical Engineering background, Amy has been involved in designing low cost health diagnostic solutions for emerging markets.
Everett Lawson; Inventor, Everett is an expert in human perception and visual systems. Everett is also a key contributor in the development of CATRA.
Karin Roesch, PhD; Molecular biologist by training, Karin worked in genetics at Harvard Medical School. She specializes in retina related disorders and the development of ophthalmic therapeutics and diagnostics solutions.