Published on: 18-Apr-2018
TPI Deputy director and Director of COLE, Associate Professor Murukeshan Vadakke Matham in collaboration with Professor Aung Tin, the Executive Director of Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) have invented a new 'pen camera' that makes it easier for doctors to diagnose patients with glaucoma.
The 'pen camera', called the GonioPEN, could help tackle the eye disease with its ability to detect the type of glaucoma in a faster and cheaper manner. It causes negligible discomfort, unlike the current gonioscopes, which are glass scopes that must be pressed against the eyeball of the patient for doctors to look at the eye's drainage canal to diagnose the cause.
Assoc Prof Murukeshan, who is from NTU's School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, said: "With the GonioPEN, a digital camera image of a higher resolution can now be stored for future reference and retrieved easily. A technician could perform the gonioscopy before a specialist reviews the images to give an in-depth diagnosis or a second opinion. Doctors can also better track the changes in their patients' condition over time."
"The GonioPEN's ease of use means it can be used by primary, secondary or private eye care physicians, while its compact size makes it portable for all healthcare set-ups. The cost is also kept low because a microscope is no longer required."
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