The assignee for this patent application, patent application serial number 757243, is The
Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The traditional method for imaging the ciliary body in clinical practice and research is ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM). Recently, the development of the Zeiss Visante.TM. Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomographer (OCT,
In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "A method of measuring a tissue structure is provided. The method includes obtaining image data of the tissue structure. Also, an anatomical landmark in the image data is identified. A first geometric shape is applied to the image data of the tissue structure based on the anatomical landmark. For example, the geometric shape may have a linear portion, such as a square or diamond. The method also includes applying a second geometric shape to the image data of the tissue structure based on the anatomical landmark. The second geometric shape may be different than the first geometric shape, such as an arc or parabola. The method also includes segmenting a first substructure of the image data from a second substructure of the image data.
"These substructures may be, for example, a sclera and ciliary body of an eye. (Ciliary body as used herein may include only the muscle structures or other, additional structures of the ciliary anatomy within the eye.) The anatomical landmark may be a scleral spur. The image may be measured and compared to epidemiological data to develop systems for addressing maladies such as using the eyes to focus during reading or myopia development in children or for presbyopia in adults. It could be used to study the eye and experimental conditions in non-human species as well.
"The method may also include obtaining background image data with the image data of the tissue structure. The background image data is separated from the tissue structure image data. The method may also include downsizing or compressing the image data.
"Each geometric shape may define a segmentation region. The second geometric shape may be an approximation of an ocular structure. The first geometric shape may be a diamond shape adapted to the shape of a portion of the ciliary body. The diamond shape may be positioned on the apex of the ciliary body.
"The method may also include dilating a threshold region with a rolling ball. Applying the first geometric shape and dilating the threshold region may include forming an outline of at least a portion of the ciliary body.
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