This proposal aims to develop a medical device for cataract surgery and clinician support in order to access the hardness of any type of cataract and its location, and determine the optimal phacoemulsification energy level in real-time. Pre-clinical studies have already been performed in vitro, in porcine lens, and in vivo in rat?s animal models simulating different types of cataract. Following the excellent obtained results, a medical device prototype was developed for early cataract detection, automatic classification and non-invasive hardness estimation, based on an animal model for nuclear cataract, which is the cataract associated with the higher rate of surgical complications. With this project the researchers intend to evolve the prototype for use in humans, developing the necessary methodologies for early cataract diagnosis, hardness evaluation and surgery support. For that goal, a clinical trial will be set up with a representative number of patients.
|Start Date: 26-06-2018|
|End Date: 25-06-2021|
|Team: Marco Alexandre Cravo Gomes, Fernando Manuel Santos Perdigao, Jaime Batista dos Santos, Miguel Caixinha, Mário João Simões Ferreira dos Santos, Sandrina Gonçalves Nunes, António Miguel Lino Santos Morgado, António Travassos, Ana Sofia Travassos, Robert van Velze|
|Groups: Multimedia Signal Processing – Co|
|Partners: Universidade de Coimbra|
|Local Coordinator: Marco Alexandre Cravo Gomes|