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You’ve probably heard that diabetes can lead to blindness. This complication is called diabetic retinopathy (DR), when blood vessels are progressively damaged in the retina. It’s the leading cause of preventable blindness in the world.
Screening and early diagnosis are crucial for treating this problem, but more than 50 percent of all cases go unnoticed. Now 16-year-old Kavya Kopparapu, whose grandfather in India was diagnosed with DR, has invented a simple, cheap new screening tool for it.
“The lack of diagnosis is the biggest challenge,” she told IEEE Spectrum. “In India, there are programs that send doctors into villages and slums, but there are a lot of patients and only so many ophthalmologists.”
Her solution? To develop a smartphone app that can screen for the disease with the help of a specially trained artificial intelligence program and a simple 3D-printed lens attachment.
This article and images were originally posted on [ScienceAlert] August 9, 2017 at 03:17AM
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