Press Release

April 14, 2021
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National Eye Institute, AAO call for digital imaging standardization


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The National Eye Institute has joined several ophthalmic organizations in calling for the standardization of data formatting in ophthalmic imaging devices, according to a press release.

“Failing to standardize ophthalmic imaging devices risks leaving the eye care field behind as the health care industry increasingly relies on artificial intelligence to analyze diagnostic imaging. Falling behind is bad for research and bad for quality of care,” Michael F. Chiang, MD, director of the NEI, said in a statement.

The NEI joins other groups, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, in calling for standardized ophthalmic imaging technology.

The AAO is urging manufacturers to comply with the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) standard, according to a separate press release.

In addition to the AAO and NEI, the American Society of Retina Specialists, the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology, the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists have endorsed universal DICOM compliance, the release said.

DICOM “promotes the seamless sharing of medical images by detailing how to format and exchange images and the information with which it is associated, such as the text describing the image and patient demographic information,” the release said.

Specific benefits include machine-readable, discrete data for user-selected reports of ophthalmic imaging or testing and employing lossless compression to encode data similarly to manufacturers, the release said.