Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI), has been awarded a research program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a robust eye tracking technology to enhance the quality of high-resolution retinal imaging videos by significantly reducing the image artifacts induced by involuntary eye motion.
PSI’s multi-channel AO retinal imager (MAORI) is a new tool for researchers and clinicians to investigate and monitor changes of retinal microstructures due to disease progression or response to treatment. However, one of the main challenges for routine clinical application of high-resolution retinal imaging remains eye motion. The main focus of this research is to develop a universal SLO-image based eye tracking system in a stand-alone package that can be used to retrofit existing platforms. The added tracking function will stabilize high-resolution images, enable more efficient retinal imaging sessions, and help advance retinal imaging applications into routine clinic use.
PSI uses retinal tracking to improve the efficiency of an imaging session by significantly reducing the number of uncorrectable images in each data set, therefore, minimizing the time that both the patient and the medical personnel spend imaging. PSI will build on our expertise in eye tracking and high-resolution retinal imaging and leverage recent advances in real-time video image stabilization developed in vision and computer science. PSI will develop a plug-and-play solution that can be adapted to any imaging platform that requires image stabilization. A stand-alone device that can be incorporated with minimal modifications into existing platforms will help transfer high-resolution retinal imaging from research labs into routine clinical applications.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Nicusor Iftimia
Area Manager, Biomedical Optics Technology
Physical Sciences Inc.
Telephone: (978) 689-0003