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Imaging patients with glaucoma using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography and optical microangiography
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Paper Abstract

In ophthalmology, a reliable means of diagnosing glaucoma in its early stages is still an open issue. Past efforts, including forays into fluorescent angiography (FA) and early optical coherence tomography (OCT) systems, to develop a potential biomarker for the disease have been explored. However, this development has been hindered by the inability of the current techniques to provide useful depth and microvasculature information of the optic nerve head (ONH), which have been debated as possible hallmarks of glaucoma progression. We reasoned that a system incorporating a spectral-domain OCT (SD-OCT) based Optical Microangiography (OMAG) system, could allow an effective, non-invasive methodology to evaluate effects on microvasculature by glaucoma. SD-OCT follows the principle of light reflection and interference to produce detailed cross-sectional and 3D images of the eye. OMAG produces imaging contrasts via endogenous light scattering from moving particles, allowing for 3D image productions of dynamic blood perfusion at capillary-level resolution. The purpose of this study was to investigate the optic cup perfusion (flow) differences in glaucomatous and normal eyes. Images from three normal and five glaucomatous subjects were analyzed our OCT based OMAG system for blood perfusion and structural images, allowing for comparisons. Preliminary results from blood flow analysis revealed reduced blood perfusion within the whole-depth region encompassing the Lamina Cribrosa in glaucomatous cases as compared to normal ones. We conclude that our OCT-OMAG system may provide promise and viability for glaucoma screening.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 March 2015
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9322, Dynamics and Fluctuations in Biomedical Photonics XII, 932219 (5 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2084004
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Kris Auyeung, Castilleja School (United States)
Kelsey Auyeung, Castilleja School (United States)
Rei Kono, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Chieh-Li Chen, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Qinqin Zhang, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Ruikang K. Wang, Univ. of Washington (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9322:
Dynamics and Fluctuations in Biomedical Photonics XII
Valery V. Tuchin; Kirill V. Larin; Martin J. Leahy; Ruikang K. Wang, Editor(s)

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