ART FOR SCIENCE'S SAKE
Date: April 9, 2017
Materials: Acrylic and Ink on Wood
Size: 12” x 12”
Some 285 million people worldwide are estimated to be visually impaired and diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in the United State today. Because current diagnostic methods for this disease are invasive and inconvenient, many people do not learn of their ailment until it is too late to receive sufficient treatment. A new screening system developed by Jeff Finger of the Translational Imaging Center and Scott Fraser of USC is a quick, noninvasive method that uses OCT-angiography and infrared light to create a virtual slice through the retina. Finger and Fraser hope that OCT screening stations will be made widely available in pharmacies for anyone to use, taking the primary diagnostic procedure out of the ophthalmologist's office and allowing doctors more time to treat the disease.
Read more about this new method at: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-06-method-diabetes-patients-diabetic-retinopathy.html