Retinal imaging for medical diagnostics targets early detection of anomalies and diseases. It is often performed using optical coherence tomography (OCT). A laser beam is sent through the eye's pupil, tilted vertically and horizontally for scanning the retina. The back-scattered light is subsequently analysed. The eye itself distorts the laser beam due to irregularities in the cornea and vitreous body and movements of the lacrimal fluid. To compensate for these aberrations the technology Adaptive Optics (AO) is used.
The goals of this project are to improve the speed and image quality as well as to increase the field of view of state-of-the-art ophthalmic AO systems for retinal imaging. The clinical robustness of these novel diagnostic AO systems is then validated by in vivo clinical experiments. All investigations in this field run in collaboration with the Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Medical University of Vienna (MUV). There, new prototypes for retinal imaging can be tested in the optical lab and clinical studies with patients are carried out.
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