THE COMPUTER ANALYSIS OF STEREO PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE OPTIC DISK HAS BEEN SHOWN TO BE USEFUL IN QUANTITATING CHANGES IN OPTIC DISK TOPOGRAPHY.

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Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$42,000.00
Award Year:
1986
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
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Award Id:
4925
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4925
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Par Technology Park Po Box 480, Route 5, Seneca Plaza, New Hartford, NY, 13413
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Principal Investigator:
JAMES L CAMBIER
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
(315) 738-0600
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Abstract
THE COMPUTER ANALYSIS OF STEREO PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE OPTIC DISK HAS BEEN SHOWN TO BE USEFUL IN QUANTITATING CHANGES IN OPTIC DISK TOPOGRAPHY. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAMMETRY, IN WHICH A COMPUTER PROCESSES THE STEREO IMAGES AND EXTRACTS ELEVATION DATA AUTOMATICALLY, IS CURRENTLY BEING USED IN A NUMBER OF INSTITUTIONS. IT SHOWS PROMISE AS A PRACTICAL, LOW-COST TECHNIQUE FOR QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE OPTIC DISK. A COMMON PROBLEM IN DIGITAL PHOTOGRAMMETRY IS THAT OF ACCURATELY DETERMINING THE STEREOBASE ASSOCIATED WITH A GIVEN PAIR OF IMAGES. CONTROL OF STEREOBASE IS PARTICULARLYDIFFICULT WHEN A STANDARD MONOSCOPIC FUNDUS CAMERA IS USED TO COLLECT STEREO IMAGES BY SHIFTING THE CAMERA SLIGHTLY BETWEEN PICTURES. CAMERA MOTION, PATIENT HEAD MOTION, AND EYE ROTATION ALL AFFECT THE STEREOBASE. EYE ROTATION IS PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT TO CONTROL, AND THE RESULTING ERRORS IN STEREOBASE LIMIT THE REPEATABILITY OF ELEVATION MEASURE- MENTS MADE WITH CURRENT INSTRUMENTS. THIS PHASE I EFFORT ISDEVOTED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF PHOTOGRAPHIC AND IMAGE PROCESSING TECHNIQUES THAT CAN MEASURE THE EYE ROTATION ASSOCIATED WITH A PAIR OF IMAGES AND MAKE CORRECTIONS FOR ITIN THE ELEVATION CALCULATIONS. THE RESEARCH PLAN INCLUDES BOTH THEORETICAL PHOTOGRAMMETRIC STUDIES TO MODEL THE PHOTO-GRAPHIC PROCESS AND EXPERIMENTAL STUDIES WITH A MODEL EYE TOTEST THE MATHEMATICAL MODEL. FINALLY, THE TECHNIQUES WILL BE APPLIED TO SEQUENTIAL STEREO FUNDUS PHOTOGRAPHS FOR WHICHSIMULTANEOUS STEREO PHOTOGRAPHS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AS A STANDARD. THESE NEW TECHNIQUES WILL PERMIT THE COLLECTION OF ACCURATE, REPEATABLE ELEVATION DATA FROM THE OPTIC DISK USING SEQUENTIAL STEREO IMAGES FROM STANDARD CAMERAS. PHASEII WOULD CONSIST OF DEVELOPMENT OF A LOW-COST COMPUTER-BASEDINSTRUMENT THAT COULD BE EASILY INTEGRATED INTO ANY FUNDUS PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICE TO PROVIDE THE CAPABILITY TO MEASURE OPTIC DISK TOPOLOGY.

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