Quality Assessment and Enhancement of Retinal Images – Part 2

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 vascu-lature, 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 illumina-tion, varying pigmentation of the retina, and simply, difficulty in taking the pictures. We propose to develop meth-ods to measure the quality of these images and identify any degradation issues. TO BE CONT’D

Faculty Supervisor:

Elise Fear


Benjamin Lavoie


Aurteen Inc


Engineering - computer / electrical


Medical devices




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