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Digital Health

Digital retinal scan provides deep insights

An eye exam will in future inform patients at the Medical University of Vienna whether they suffer from diabetes. Artificial intelligence that evaluates the huge amounts of data generated by digital retinal screening makes this possible, thus revolutionizing diagnostics.

13 Dec. 2017
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Optical coherence tomography is the name of the procedure developed by the Viennese physicians in cooperation with the Department of Ophthalmology and Optometry, the Department of Internal Medicine III and the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism.

40,000 scans with a total volume of 65 million are executed within 1.2 seconds in the process. Artificial intelligence-based algorithms then analyze this data. In addition to helping diagnose diabetes, the data collected from the retina can provide an insight into many other aspects of a patient’s medical condition. The physicians hope this technology will in future allow the diagnosis not only of diseases affecting internal organs such as the kidneys, but also age-related problems and neurological diseases.

The digitization of medicine is however not limited to diagnostic procedures alone. Patients are in principle even willing to undergo therapies and operations performed by robots . A digitally networked patient record is also being discussed in order to bridge the gap between diagnosis and therapy on the one hand and medical research on the other.