Parkinson's disease could be detected 7 years before diagnosis thanks to new eye scan

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Parkinson's is a pretty awful disease, so this is a welcome development.

An AI-powered eye scan could help to detect Parkinson's disease up to seven years before diagnosis, new research has found.

Researchers at University College Hospital and the Moorfields Eye Hospital used artificial intelligence to identify markers of Parkinson’s in eye scans.

It is the the largest study to date on retinal imaging in Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative condition that affects 145,000 people in the UK.

In recent years this method has been used to detect other neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis and even schizophrenia.

"While we are not yet ready to predict whether an individual will develop Parkinson’s, we hope that this method could soon become a pre-screening tool for people at risk of disease," lead author Dr Siegfried Wagner said.

 

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This is really awesome to hear! Hopefully one day we will have a treatment, but each year we seem to be getting better at stopping the progression and symptoms, so that is still good.
 
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