In-flight monitoring of space travelers’ retina using advanced imaging system

ARC innovation center, Sheba Medical Center

Prof. Ygal Rotenstreich

Monitoring Retinal Changes in Space-Tourists Throughout a Short-Duration Spaceflight Using Advanced Retinal Spectral Imaging System

Decrement near-visual acuity accompanied by post-flight unusual physiological and pathological neuro-ophthalmic findings occurs during space flights, defined as Spaceflight-associated neuro-ocular syndrome (SANS).
The underlying pathophysiological mechanisms are yet unknown, and there are no effective countermeasures.
Currently, astronauts undergo comprehensive ocular evaluation before and after the space missions, while performing eye examinations onboard the ISS is limited.
Our study aims to perform in-flight frequent retinal scanning using i-Capture, an innovative multispectral device, to evaluate space travelers' retinal changes in a micro-gravity environment. Advanced image processing algorithms extract hi-res retinal images, providing the ability to understand the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms.


P.I: Prof. Ygal Rotenstreich, Goldschleger Eye Institute, Sheba MC

Prof. Alejandro A. Rabinstein, Director, Neuroscience ICU, Mayo Clinic

Prof. Eyal Margalit, SPRING Biomed Vision ltd.

Dr. Yahya M.M. Swaiti, St. John Eye Hospital Jerusalem

Dr. Asaf Caspi, ARC Innovation Center, Sheba MC

Ms. Iris shtein, ARC Innovation Center, Sheba MC

Dr. Harel Baris, ARC Innovation Center, Sheba MC

Prof. Michael Belkin, Goldschleger Eye Institute, Sheba MC 

Dr. Michael Aronov, SPRING Biomed Vision ltd.

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