Diabetic Retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in adults. When a person begins developing Diabetes, the first symptoms are lesions on the Retina. There are no known pathological procedures (such as blood tests) that conclusively identify DR. Currently it takes a trained physician manually sifting through images of retinas to identify whether a retina (and patient) meets one of four classifications:
- Positively has Diabetic Retinopathy
- Probably has Diabetic Retinopathy
- Probably doesn’t have Diabetic Retinopathy
- Does not have Diabetic Retinopathy
Naturally this is a timely and costly process, so a challenge has been posted over the summer on Kaggle.com as to who can most accurately identify DR given high resolution images of retinas. Our Senior Design project seeks to meet this demand.