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New software launched to aid detection of photosensitive epilepsy television images

17 December, 2001

New computer software that can detect images likely to trigger seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy has been released.

The software, developed by Cambridge Research Systems, identifies the patterns of light and colours that can cause seizures, a task that until now had been performed by experts manually.

The system is already in use by many TV production companies and by the Independent Television Commission, the body that regulates commercial TV in the UK.

One of the UK's leading experts on photosensitive epilepsy, Professor Graham Harding, from Aston University in Birmingham, helped develop the software. He said:

"Prior to this, I had to get up early so I could look at videotapes for commercial companies. This does the same thing - extremely accurately - but at virtually three times the speed."