AI Used In Eye-Tracking System For Multiple Sclerosis Monitoring

Advances in medical technology have led to the discovery of novel treatments for a number of dreaded health conditions of the past. The partnership certainly has helped people survive diseases that were once considered deadly. There are still a lot of health conditions that may require further research in order to aid or discover innovative treatments. One of them is multiple sclerosis. A company has recently introduced technology that may help doctors closely monitor multiple sclerosis symptoms.

C. Light Technologies, a company that came out from the Berkley Skydeck accelerator, develops an eye-tracking system combined with machine learning AI in order to monitor multiple sclerosis better. This neurotech and AI company wanted to help medical professionals to diagnose the said disease as well as other similar neurological conditions faster and with more accurate results.

With the new technology, patients with multiple sclerosis only need to look at a chosen visual target for a period of 10 seconds. The system then records a video of the patient’s retina and makes use of AI in order to predict neurological impairment. The advanced eye-tracking technology developed by C. Light observes the retina compared to other current devices which monitor pupil movement. The new eye-tracking system can detect even minute movements 1/100th the size of a human hair. There is no need to use eye drops or other medication to dilate the pupils for better monitoring. Blinking eye will not even pose a problem during the monitoring process.

Diagnosis and tracking diseases like multiple sclerosis can be costly and time-consuming. Any delays in diagnosis can even affect to worsening problems related to the said disease. With faster and more efficient monitoring, doctors may be able to keep track of symptoms and how certain treatments work with certain patients. This way more effective therapies can be developed to suit each patient with MS. In the future, the company hopes to also develop similar technology to help doctors diagnose other neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, and even concussions.

Source: Engadget

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