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Patent Issued for Image Processing Apparatus for Processing Tomographic Image of Subject'S Eye, Imaging System, Method for Processing Image, and...

July 8, 2014



Patent Issued for Image Processing Apparatus for Processing Tomographic Image of Subject'S Eye, Imaging System, Method for Processing Image, and Recording Medium

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- From Alexandria, Virginia, NewsRx journalists report that a patent by the inventors Nakano, Yuta (Tokyo, JP); Katayama, Akihiro (Zama, JP), filed on December 2, 2011, was published online on June 24, 2014 (see also Canon Kabushiki Kaisha).

The patent's assignee for patent number 8761481 is Canon Kabushiki Kaisha (Tokyo, JP).

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "An optic disc of a retina is a portion where an optic nerve bundle enters into the deep portion of an eye. Since changes appear at the optic disc in a case of sickness such as glaucoma, it is diagnostically useful to determine the optic disc.

"US Patent Application Publication No. 2007/0195269 discusses a technique for determining the optic disc region (also referred to as the 'disc region') by acquiring edges of the retinal pigment epithelium which is one of the layers in the retina. This technique is based on an anatomical feature that the retinal pigment epithelium does not exist directly under the vicinity of the optic disc center.

"Japanese Patent Application Laid-Open No. 2008-73188 discusses a technique for determining a depression region at the optic disc based on the depth or distance from the anterior ocular segment to the fundus surface. This technique is based on the fact that the optic disc is a depression on the fundus surface.

"Meanwhile, when determining the optic disc based on the fact that the retinal pigment epithelium does not exist, false images produced under blood vessels or lesions may make the retinal pigment epithelium unclear. Therefore, a region where the false images are produced may possibly be determined as the optic disc. Further, when determining the optic disc based on the surface shape of the retina, a depression other than the optic disc may possibly be determined as the optic disc."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent, NewsRx correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "According to an aspect of the present invention, an image processing apparatus includes a detection unit configured to detect layers on the retina based on tomographic images of the retina, an acquisition unit configured to acquire a region having a larger curvature of the boundary surface between the retina and the corpus vitreum than a threshold value, and a determination unit configured to determine an optic disc of the retina based on the optical disc including a region where a specific layer is not detected by the detection unit and the region acquired by the acquisition unit.

"Further features and aspects of the present invention will become apparent from the following detailed description of exemplary embodiments with reference to the attached drawings."

For additional information on this patent, see: Nakano, Yuta; Katayama, Akihiro. Image Processing Apparatus for Processing Tomographic Image of Subject'S Eye, Imaging System, Method for Processing Image, and Recording Medium. U.S. Patent Number 8761481, filed December 2, 2011, and published online on June 24, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8761481.PN.&OS=PN/8761481RS=PN/8761481

Keywords for this news article include: Retinal Pigments, Biological Pigments, Canon Kabushiki Kaisha.

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