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  • IIT-Kharagpur hits another milestone, develops software to detect diabetic retinopathy

    Innovation has been a synonym to IIT's since many years now and recently, IIT-Kharagpur just took the tradition forward by developing a software that will enable the detection of Diabetic Retinopathy (DR), a disease that can eventually lead to loss of sight, at an initial stage.

    Diabetes is the root cause for Diabetic Retinopathy, and if not treated early, can result in blindness of the patient. But, with the new software developed by Chandan Chakrabarty of IIT-Kharagpur, DR can be detected as well as categorized by just scanning the retina and taking multiple frames of it.

    "The software uses data analytics capabilities to automatically compare and analyse retina images of the patient. It can tell if the patient has DR and also provides risk categorisation ranging from low to medium and high," Chakrabarty said.

    The project, titled "Computer Vision Approach to Diabetic Retinopathy Screening" started last year in March and was funded by IBM India in association Susrut Eye Foundation and Research Centre (SEFRC), Kolkata.

    The project is being used on a pilot basis at SEFRC and while talking about the software, Anirudh Maity of SEFRC said, "The solution is being used in our clinic and the results are very encouraging, in fact, the accuracy level is as high as 92 percent."

    Chandan Chakrabarty believes that the software is still an year away from being marketed commercially and he went on to add that, "We are using the results generated by the prototype at the SEFRC to enhance its operations and we hope it will ready within a year. Once operational, the solution will help prevent and cure DR which has been increasingly spreading across the country."