COPY-Eye scanner could detect Alzheimer's disease early

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A simple eye scan could be the key to detecting a neurological disease.

Scottsdale start-up company Saccadous developed a new eye-tracking system.

It uses a scanner about the size of a remote control that attaches to a computer, iPad or large phone.

It could find the first sign of something wrong in the brain.

"The logic is because the brain controls your eyes, if you have a similar brain condition as somebody else, your eyes will have similar patterns," Saccadous CEO Craig Caffarelli explained.

Caffarelli and his team used 10 years of data from people with diseases like Alzheimer's, cerebral palsy and Parkinson's disease then sent all that data to the cloud.

A new patient's eye movement would be compared against those who have a neurological disease.

"We send it the cloud where all analytics are done, and the reporting is done. Whoever commissioned that report would then log in and get a secure report on that patient," Caffarelli said.

The point of this is early detection and to check on the progress or treatment of a known disease.

Caffarelli says there are 200 million working parts between the eyes and the brain, and this eye tracker is a non-invasive way to look inside.

"They say the eyes are the window to the soul. I guess the eyes are also the window to the brain," Caffelli said.

The eye scanner Saccadous was created in Arizona by Mesa-based EyeTech Digital Systems.

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