Vessels of the Living Eye, Brian Soetikno

This image shows the blood vessels of the retina. The largest vessels (in red) lie on the surface of the retina while much smaller vessels (in green) lie beneath the surface, forming a dense mesh. This branching network of vessels, like the roots of a tree, continuously supplies the retina with necessary oxygen and nutrients.

Scientists study these vessels because diseases like diabetes damage the small vessels. This can eventually lead to difficulties seeing or even complete blindness.

This picture was taken of a living mouse’s eye using a microscopecustom-built by Soetikno. With this new microscope, doctors can examine vessel damage earlier, and give treatments to prevent blindness.

Brian Soetikno

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Tools & Techniques: Custom-built OCT Angiography Microscope, colored in MATLAB

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