10 March 2015 Head mounted DLP for visual stimulation in freely moving rats: a novel tool for visual neuroscience research
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Novel technologies are constantly under development for vision restoration in blind patients. In some of these techniques, such as photodiode implants or optogenetics based treatment, a glasses mounted optical projection system projects the visual scene onto the retina. The desired projection system is characterized by a relatively high power density, a localized retinal stimulation area and compatibility for wavelengths that are specific for the technology at hand. The challenges of obtaining such a projection system are not only limited by developing the tools and the apparatus for testing the visual performance of artificial retina, but also devising the technique and the methodology for training and testing the behaving animals using this tool. Current research techniques used for evaluation of visual function in behaving animals utilize computer screens for retinal stimulation, and therefore do not fulfill the requirements of the evaluation of retinal implant performance or optogenetics based treatment (inefficient power and no wavelength flexibility). In the following work we will present and evaluate a novel projection system that is suited for behavioral animal studies and meet the requirements for artificial retinal stimulation. The proposed system is based on a miniature Digital Mirror Device (DMD) for pattern projection and a telescope for relaying the pattern directly onto the animal eye. This system facilitates the projection of patterns with high spatial resolution at high light intensities with the desired wavelength and may prove to be a vital tool in natural and artificial vision performance research in behaving animals.
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Yossi Mandel, Tamar Arens-Arad, Nairouz Farah, Alex Zlotnik, Zeev Zalevsky, "Head mounted DLP for visual stimulation in freely moving rats: a novel tool for visual neuroscience research", Proc. SPIE 9376, Emerging Digital Micromirror Device Based Systems and Applications VII, 93760B (10 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2076522; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2076522
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