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Ophthalmic Imaging

Computer support for ophthalmologists

In recent years, ophthalmic imaging has proven to be a rapid growing field of research. Not only new imaging modalities found their way into clinical examination routines but also the effort to support physicians by image processing and visualization has increased. In Erlangen, one of the driving forces of this development is a close collaboration between the Department of Ophthalmology at the university clinic and the Pattern Recognition Lab (LME). The goal of our work is to provide computerized support for physicians. Therefore, image analysis and classification techniques are developed.

We are working with various imaging modalities, such as 

Research at the LME

The combination of the medical and diagnostic experience of the ophthalmologists together with the knowledge in medical image processing at the LME is used to invent new supporting methods to diagnose and to understand the progression of glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness in the world. Projects worked on at the eye team of the LME cover the steps from image acquisition, image enhancement, segmentation or classification of e.g. glaucoma.

Only due to the combined consideration of the different imaging modalities, the impact of glaucoma could be integrally analyzed from the eye, over the brain up to the visual cortex.

The interdisciplinary competence and close cooperative research of both the medical partners and the eye team are great advantages in the leading computational and medical optics research.

Contact: Markus Mayer

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI)
Retrospective Microscopy