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Microcystic macular edema detection in retina OCT images
Author(s): Emily K. Swingle; Andrew Lang; Aaron Carass; Howard S. Ying; Peter A. Calabresi; Jerry L. Prince
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Paper Abstract

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a powerful imaging tool that is particularly useful for exploring retinal abnormalities in ophthalmological diseases. Recently, it has been used to track changes in the eye associated with neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) where certain tissue layer thicknesses have been associated with disease progression. A small percentage of MS patients also exhibit what has been called microcystic macular edema (MME), where uid collections that are thought to be pseudocysts appear in the inner nuclear layer. Very little is known about the cause of this condition so it is important to be able to identify precisely where these pseudocysts occur within the retina. This identi cation would be an important rst step towards furthering our understanding. In this work, we present a detection algorithm to nd these pseudocysts and to report on their spatial distribution. Our approach uses a random forest classi er trained on manual segmentation data to classify each voxel as pseudocyst or not. Despite having a small sample size of ve subjects, the algorithm correctly identi es 84.6% of pseudocysts as compared to manual delineation. Finally, using our method, we show that the spatial distribution of pseudocysts within the macula are generally contained within an annulus around the fovea.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 March 2014
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9038, Medical Imaging 2014: Biomedical Applications in Molecular, Structural, and Functional Imaging, 90380G (13 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2043910
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Emily K. Swingle, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)
Andrew Lang, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Aaron Carass, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Howard S. Ying, Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Medicine (United States)
Peter A. Calabresi, Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Medicine (United States)
Jerry L. Prince, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9038:
Medical Imaging 2014: Biomedical Applications in Molecular, Structural, and Functional Imaging
Robert C. Molthen; John B. Weaver, Editor(s)

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