Teleophthalmology assessment of diabetic retinopathy fundus images

smartphone versus standard office computer workstation.

Sajeesh Kumar, Erh Hsuan Wang, Michael J. Pokabla, Robert J. Noecker

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Abstract

To evaluate the diagnostic capability of a smartphone handset compared with a standard office computer workstation for teleophthalmology fundus photo assessments of diabetic retinopathy. Eligible, consenting participants' fundus images were acquired using a non-mydriatic camera. These images along with other medical data were transmitted 20 miles away through the Internet (gold standard) and also through an iPhone(®) (Apple, Cupertino, CA) to two ophthalmologists, who independently compared the images. The κ coefficient between the gold standard workstation display and iPhone images to detect retinopathy-related changes for both readers was more than 0.9. The image quality of the iPhone was scored high by the ophthalmologists. Ophthalmic images transmitted through both smartphone and Internet techniques match well with each other. Despite current limitations, smartphones could represent as a tool for fundus photo assessments of diabetic retinopathy. Further studies are needed to investigate the economic and clinical feasibility of smartphones in ophthalmology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-162
Number of pages5
JournalTelemedicine Journal and e-Health
Volume18
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Diabetic Retinopathy
Internet
Malus
Ophthalmology
Economics
Smartphone
Ophthalmologists

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Teleophthalmology assessment of diabetic retinopathy fundus images : smartphone versus standard office computer workstation. / Kumar, Sajeesh; Wang, Erh Hsuan; Pokabla, Michael J.; Noecker, Robert J.

In: Telemedicine Journal and e-Health, Vol. 18, No. 2, 03.2012, p. 158-162.

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