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Eye-file.com fundus photo upload system review, analysis

 

eye-file.com retina image reading service      Eye-file.com      Alexander Rodin, ophthalmologist, eye-file.com project founder

For the first time in Russia eye-file.com project had started up, it allows all the users upload their eye fundus photos (retina images) and get high qualified answer about pathology prognosis in the eye fundus. Many serious eye conditions may be prevented. All the details upon the project you may find at www.eye-file.com.

Interview with Alexander Rodin, founder of the eye-file.com project

- Why did you decide to start this project?

- Firstof all, this is not a revolutionary new project in the world. People have been thinking about it since 20 years ago (for example, De Sutter E 1994, PMID: 7894754). In the Russian wast land the distant consultation of a specialist would prevent many sad cases of sight threatening diseases. There are a lot of patients from Russia and other countries who ask me for help and consiltation. Earlier they had to fill in the form at the website www.elitvision.ru, however I frequently needed the results of preliminary diagnostics. So the idea of eye-file.com project appeared. Everyone without restriction can use it for retina image upload and get a high qualified analysis

- But if there are similar projects, already implemented in other countries, why don't you use them instead of re-inventing the wheel?

- Yes, but there are still no high-quality easy to access off-the-shelf solution. The main difference of my project is that it is free for all the users. In many west countries it is SDI - secure digital imaging - so only professionals can share images, and it is not so useful for patients.

- Please describe your project in action

- You can find it in detail at www.eye-file.com

- The statement about urgent conditions evaluation means that a specialist must be available at any time. Is it dificult to irganize such a service 24/7/365? It is also the question of system uploading workload, as I understand.

- Yes, for these days it is quite difficult, but in future we plan to expand and I hope this will partly solve the urgent availability question. We are in the beginning of the way. Also very discussible and highy researchable topic is automated or semi-automated retina damage detection. There are several universities and research groups, which are involved in automated retina damage detection algorhythms development:

In our country one of the direction is developed in Moscow State University, Faculty of Basic Medicine at Ophthalmology department. We are in tight collaboration.

Interview was obtained by Marianna E. Ivanova

 

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