Agilent Instruments Help Researchers Test Artificial Retina System

Innovative research at the University of Utah could help to restore or provide partial vision to people affected by age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa.   And the university’s research team is making extensive use of Agilent test and measurement equipment in its efforts to create an artificial retina system.

At the heart of the solution is a device, implanted in a patient’s eye, which intends to emulate the function of lost photoreceptors. The device is made up of a microchip, an antenna, and an array that provides electrical stimulation to the retina.

Agilent’s wireless vector network analyzer is proving critical to the program in the development of liquid metal parameters, telemetry, and measuring and optimizing the efficiency of the device coupling.

The researchers are also using Agilent oscilloscopes and arbitrary waveform generators.

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