20 November 2016

Diagnosing Neurodegenerative Diseases by Performing an Eye Scan

Will it be possible in the future to diagnose diseases such as Alzheimer’s by performing a simple “eye scan”? The MOON research project was started in November 2016.

The rising life expectancy of EU citizens is creating a dramatic increase in age-related degenerative diseases and associated healthcare costs. The MOON Project (Multi-modal Optical Diagnostics for Ocular and Neurodegenerative Disease) meets this societal challenge by applying photonics to diagnose age-related diseases of the eye and central nervous system. Consistent with the Photonics KET 2016 Work Program, MOON will design and build a multiband, multimodal and functional imaging platform combining label-free molecularly sensitive Raman spectroscopy with high speed and high-resolution Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), for in-depth diagnostics of ocular and neurodegenerative diseases.