E-mail sees blind cause

E-mail sees blind cause
Steve Bush US researchers have developed a system that uses an electronic camera and e-mail to identify diabetic retinopathy, a common cause of blindness. Conventionally, a diabetic has to go to a specialist to undergo an eye examination, or a trained photographer uses a special film camera to take photos which are sent for further investigation. Using an electronic camera, called the DigiScope, the office staff of general practitioners can generate image files which are then e-mailed to a central diagnosis facility. The camera-based system is being made under license and two US health care organisations are said to be considering offering the service.


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