Quality Assessment and Enhancement of Retinal Images

Babies who are born prematurely are at risk of developing a condition called Retinopathy of Prematurity (RoP), which if left untreated, can lead to permanent blindness. RoP causes characteristic changes in the retinal vasculature,
which can be seen when looking into the eye. Because the infants need to be monitored regularly for this condition, and certain traits need to be carefully identified, a special camera is used to take a picture of the retina. These pictures can then be studied for signs of RoP by an ophthalmologist. Unfortunately, a number of factors cause the quality of the images to suffer, including incomplete development of the eye structure, uneven illumination, varying pigmentation of the retina, and simply, difficulty in taking the pictures. We propose to develop methods to measure the quality of these images and identify any degradation issues. TO BE CONT'D

Benjamin Lavoie
Faculty Supervisor: 
Elise Fear
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