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6 June 2000 Automatic quantification of posterior capsule opacification
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After Cataract surgery where a plastic implant lens is implanted into the eye to replace the natural lens, many patients suffer from cell growth across a membrane situated at the back of the lens which degrades their vision. The cell growth is known as Posterior Capsule Opacification (or PCO). It is important to be able to quantify PCO so that the effect of different implant lens types and surgical techniques may be evaluated. Initial results obtained using a neural network to detect PCO from implant lenses are compared to an established but less automated method of detection, which segments the images using texture segmentation in conjunction with co- occurrence matrices. Tests show that the established method performs well in clinical validation and repeatability trials. The requirement to use a neural network to analyze the implant lens images evolved from the analysis of over 1000 images using the established co-occurrence matrix segmentation method. The work shows that a method based on neural networks is a promising tool to automate the procedure of calculating PCO.
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Sarah A. Barman, Bunyarit Uyyanonvara, James Frederick Boyce, Giorgia Sanguinetti, Emma J. Hollick, William R. Meacock, David J. Spalton, and Andrew P. Paplinski "Automatic quantification of posterior capsule opacification", Proc. SPIE 3979, Medical Imaging 2000: Image Processing, (6 June 2000);

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