Accession Number:

ADA275469

Title:

Digital Tracking and Control of Retinal Images

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

18.0

Abstract:

Laser induced retinal lesions are used to treat a variety of eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and retinal tears or breaks. Both the location and size of the retinal lesions are critical for effective treatment and minimal complications. Currently, once an irradiation is begun, no attempt is made to alter the laser beam location on the retina. However, adjustment are desirable to correct for patient eye movements. Lesions form in much less than one second and typical treatment for a disease such as diabetic retinopathy requires as many as 2000 lesions per eye. This type of tedious task is ideally suited for computer implementation. A system has been developed to track a specific lesion coordinate on the retinal surface and provide corrective signals to maintain laser position on the coordinate. Six distinct retinal landmarks are tracked on a high contrast retinal image using two-dimensional blood vessel templates. Use of therapeutic lesions as tracking algorithm landmarks is also investigated. An X and Y laser correction signal is derived from the landmark tracking information and provided to a pair of galvanometer steered mirrors to maintain the laser on a prescribed location. Once the laser position has been corrected, a function checks the terminal laser position for minor corrections

Subject Categories:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Lasers and Masers

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE