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The Mayo Clinic Tele Vision team’s prototype of an imaging system for eye disease/injury triage. Image courtesy of the Mayo Clinic Tele Vision team

Three Fulton Schools students won second place in the 2016 Capstone Design Conference in Columbus, Ohio, this summer.

At the conference, recent graduates and current students working on multidisciplinary, international or entrepreneurial capstone projects presented their work in a poster session.

As part of their Professional Design Capstone II, the Mayo Clinic Tele Vision team — comprised of manufacturing engineering undergraduate student Hytham Almuallem, recent manufacturing engineering graduate Mobeen Ahmad and engineering and solar energy engineering and commercialization graduate student Jiawei Wu — developed a low-cost, smartphone-based telemedicine prototype for eye disease and injury triage as proposed by the Mayo Clinic.

To address the high costs of eye treatments and a shortage of specialist eye doctors, called ophthalmologists, the Mayo Clinic is looking to telemedicine for a solution. The ASU team’s prototype helps patients avoid waiting days or weeks for a diagnosis from specialists and avoids the need for bulky equipment that can cost $4,000–$15,000. Primary care physicians, nurse practitioners or even physician assistants can instead use a $500 device that attaches to a smartphone, captures an image of the eye and electronically transmits the image to an ophthalmologist for triage.