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Feasibility assessment of the Eye Scan Ultrasound System for cataract characterization and optimal phacoemulsification energy estimation: protocol for a pilot, nonblinded and monocentre study

Petrella, L. I. ; Nunes, S. ; Perdigão, F. ; Gomes, M. ; Santos, M ; Pinto, C. ; Morgado, A.M.L.S.M. ; Travassos, A. T. ; Santos, J ; Duarte, L.

Pilot and Feasibility Studies Vol. 8, Nº 1, pp. 1 - 10, September, 2022.

ISSN (print): 2055-5784
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Scimago Journal Ranking: 0,62 (in 2022)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1186/s40814-022-01173-2

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Cataracts are lens opacifications that are responsible for more than half of blindness cases worldwide, and the only treatment is surgical intervention. Phacoemulsification surgery, the most frequently performed cataract surgery in developed countries, has associated risks, some of which are related to excessive phacoemulsification energy levels and times. The protocol proposed in herein will be used to evaluate the feasibility of a new experimental medical device, the Eye Scan Ultrasound System (ESUS), for the automatic classification of cataract type and severity and quantitative estimation of the optimal phacoemulsification energy.