By Adrian Galbreth
Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have been honoured with an award for developing an eye disease-detecting technology.
The ORNL scientists were given a total of eight awards in the annual R&D 100 Awards by R&D Magazine.
Their Telemedical Retinal Image Analysis and Diagnosis (Triad) programme is an internet-based diagnostic system that screens the eyes of large patient populations.
It looks for blinding diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and is very low-cost to operate.
The system helps primary care providers to prevent blindness in diabetic patients in a more efficient manner.
"This diagnostic tool will allow far more people to undergo screening, especially the indigent and those in areas that are medically underserved," a statement form ORNL said.
A national screening programme for diabetic retinopathy is currently being run in the UK by the NHS.
It estimates that 25 per cent of people with type 1 diabetes will have some degree of diabetic retinopathy within five years of their symptoms first developing.
by Martin Burns