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The integration of digital camera derived images with a computer based diabetes register for use in retinal screening

Taylor, DJ; Jacob, JSH; Tooke, JE; (2000) The integration of digital camera derived images with a computer based diabetes register for use in retinal screening. COMPUTER METHODS AND PROGRAMS IN BIOMEDICINE , 62 (3) 157 - 163.

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Abstract

Exeter district provides a retinal screening service based on a mobile non-mydriatic camera operated by a dedicated retinal screener visiting general practices on a 2-yearly cycle. Digital attachments to eye cameras can now provide a cost effective alternative to the use of film in population based eye screening programmes. Whilst the manufacturers of digital cameras provide a database for the storage of pictures, the images do not as yet interface readily with the rest of the patient's computer held data or allow for a sophisticated grading, reporting and administration system. The system described is a development of the Exeter diabetes register (EXSYST) which can import digitally derived pictures from either Ris-Lite TM and Imagenet TM camera systems or scanned Polaroids Pictures can be reported by the screener, checked by a consultant ophthalmologist via the hospital network, and a report, consisting of colour pictures, map of relevant pathology and referral recommendations produced. This concise report can be hard copied inexpensively on a high resolution ink-jet printer to be returned to the patient's general practitioner. Eye images remain available within the hospital diabetes centre computer network to facilitate shared care. This integrated system would Form an ideal platform for the addition of computer based pathology recognition and total paperless transmission when suitable links to GP surgeries become available. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

Type:Article
Title:The integration of digital camera derived images with a computer based diabetes register for use in retinal screening
Location:BARCELONA, SPAIN
Keywords:diabetes, retinal screening, register, non-mydriatic, eye, camera, RETINOPATHY, TELEMEDICINE, COMMUNITY, CARE
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences

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