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Tele-examination of eye performed by smartphone

A 5G-connected smartphone attached to a portable slit lamp emitted an intense beam of light to provide a live image of the eye

17 Oct 2019 by Selina Powell

A tele-ophthalmology system developed by the University of Strathclyde and NHS Forth Valley has been used to remotely examine an eye using a 5G-connected smartphone.

An image of Moorfields Eye Hospital digital innovation director Peter Thomas’ eye was streamed live from London to NHS Forth Valley consultant ophthalmologist Iain Livingstone in Edinburgh.

The examination made use of the new 5G network in London and Edinburgh.

Dr Mario Giardini, from the University of Strathclyde, said the emergence of 5G technology offers vast opportunities in medicine and healthcare because of its ability to transmit very detailed images.

“We demonstrated in this consultation how effective and valuable it can be as a tool for diagnosis and decision making,” he highlighted.

It is expected that telemedicine will soon reach the same clarity as in-person consultations, which will promote equal access to healthcare in remote areas.

“These results clearly underline the importance of collaboration between technology research and development, doctors and healthcare infrastructure,” Dr Giardini observed.

Image credit: Pixabay/pexels

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