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Posted: 5/7/2017
Artificial intelligence predicts severe AMD development


After gathering optical coherence tomography (OCT) images of 38 patients’ retinas with early/intermediate AMD — every three months for a minimum of 15 months — researchers used the algorithm to accurately predict the occurrence of drusen regression within the next 12 months. While the presence of lipid/protein deposits called drusen is the hallmark of early/intermediate age-related macular degeneration (AMD), their sudden regression is strongly associated with the onset of late AMD.

Currently, there are no treatments for early/intermediate AMD. Anti-VEGF treatments for late AMD can prevent disease progression, but only after some vision loss has occurred. By pinpointing the moment of transition from early/intermediate to late AMD, the researchers state that machine learning will substantially contribute to the development of new therapeutics that target slowing AMD progression.

Abstract title: Personalized prognosis in early/intermediate age-related macular degeneration based on drusen regression
Presentation start/end time: Sunday, May 7, 2017, 8:30 – 10:15am
Location: Exhibit/Poster Hall
Abstract number: 15 - A0003



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