Lumedica founder and Chief Executive, Dr. Adam Wax continues to explore OCT’s scientific and medical value as part of his ongoing research at Duke University. Alongside his graduate student, Ge Song, Dr. Wax published a scientific paper that illustrates a new, promising technique for detecting Alzheimer’s disease in mice. By combining a light scattering technique with OCT, they’ve been able to generate images that not only show retinal thickness — but also texture.

“Previous research has seen a thinning of the retina in Alzheimer’s patients, but by adding a light-scattering technique to the measurement, we’ve found that the retinal nerve fiber layer is also rougher and more disordered,” said Adam Wax in a press release from the Pratt School of engineering. “Our hope is that we can use this insight to create an easy and cheap screening device that wouldn’t only be available at your doctor’s office, but at places like your local pharmacy as well.”