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Imaging software provides early detection of blindness

A hugely successful imaging system used in the early detection of diabetes-related blindness is to be installed in six further locations around Nottingham, UK, following a successful launch seven months ago.

A total of 10 sites use the Optomize IP analysis software and patient record system developed by Digital Healthcare, based in Cambridge, UK. The service currently has a rate of 1,900 patients per month, leaving it well on track for 100 per cent of the diabetic population to have access to the scan by the end of 2007.

Dr Tasso Gazis, diabetes consultant at the Queen’s Medical Centre and clinical leader of the Screening Service, said: ‘Diabetic retinopathy is a symptomless disease that can have devastating effects but which is treatable with laser treatment if it is caught early on. The digital imaging service that we offer using Digital Healthcare’s software is the most effective way to identify the disease at an early stage.’

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