September 30, 2013

Say Ahh to Detect Diabetic Retinopathy


tongueHow wonderful would it be if  the most abundant diabetes complication could be detected with a non-invasive test? According to a study published in IEEE Transactions in Biomedical Engineering, this may not be far off the horizon.

The diabetes complication is nonproliferative retinopathy and the non-invasive test uses the the tongue to detect the eye complication.

Nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy is an early stage of diabetic retinopathy. In this stage, tiny blood vessels within the retina leak blood or fluid. The leaking fluid causes the retina to swell.

Detecting diabetic retinopathy in the early stages is the best way to prevent the condition from worsening. This tongue test has been shown to effectively detect nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy with images of the tongue identifying color, texture and geometry changes.

The pictures are studied based the changes observed in colors of the tongue, texture values in different areas of the tongue, and changes in the shape of the tongue.

With this non-invasive imaging approach, doctors will be able to asses patients with diabetic retinopathy with accuracy of greater than 80%. Imagine your eye doctor saying to you stick your tongue out.

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