This is a very interesting article on diagnosis and treating babies who are at risk for Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). Approximately 40,000 to 60,000 babies need screening for ROP, and not all of them have access to the proper screening.
The National Institutes of Health, and the National Eye Institute funded a study at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Babies were screened and examined by ophthalmologists in the usual way, and then, also, images of their eyes were uploaded into a central server, where trained non physician staff identified which babies were showing signs of ROP.
The group of image readers were very reliable. They identified 98% of the babies who needed treatment. The hope is that this process can be used to upload images from areas that don't have access to pediatric ophthalmologists, so the NICUs can determine which babies need further help and treatment for ROP.
Read all about this study here.
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