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Implementation of digital optical capillaroscopy for quantifying and estimating the microvascular abnormalities in type 2 diabetes mellitus
Author(s): Yu. I. Gurfinkel; O. V. Suchkova; M. L. Sasonko; A. V. Priezzhev
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Paper Abstract

This study is aimed to define the extent of digital capillaroscopy possibilities for the quantification and estimation of microvascular abnormalities in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).

A total of 196 adult persons were enrolled in the study including the group of compensated T2DM (n = 52), decompensated diabetics (n = 68), and healthy volunteers (n = 76) with normal blood glucose and without signs of cardiovascular pathology.

All participants of the study were examined with the digital optical capillaroscope (“AET”, Russia). This instrument is equipped with an image-processing program allowing for quantifying the diameters of the arterial and venous segments of the capillaries and their ratio (coefficient of remodeling), perivascular zone size, capillary blood velocity, and the degree of arterial loops narrowing and the density of the capillary network. Also we estimated the relative amount of coil-shaped capillaries.

The study revealed significant difference in the capillary density and the remodeling coefficient in comparison of T2DM patients with non-diabetic individuals. Significant changes are found in the decompensated T2DM group compared to the compensated group of diabetic patients. Furthermore, the number of coil-shaped capillaries differed greatly in T2DM patients as compared to the healthy subjects. The study did not reveal any statistically significant differences in the capillary density between the patients with compensated and decompensated T2DM.

The digital optical capillaroscope equipped with the advanced image-processing algorithm opens up new possibilities for obtaining clinically important information on microvascular abnormalities in patients suffering from diabetes mellitus.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 April 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9917, Saratov Fall Meeting 2015: Third International Symposium on Optics and Biophotonics and Seventh Finnish-Russian Photonics and Laser Symposium (PALS), 991703 (21 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2229062
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Yu. I. Gurfinkel, Clinical Research Ctr. JSC Russian Railways (Russian Federation)
O. V. Suchkova, Clinical Research Ctr. JSC Russian Railways (Russian Federation)
M. L. Sasonko, Clinical Research Ctr. JSC Russian Railways (Russian Federation)
A. V. Priezzhev, Lomonosov Moscow State Univ. (Russian Federation)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9917:
Saratov Fall Meeting 2015: Third International Symposium on Optics and Biophotonics and Seventh Finnish-Russian Photonics and Laser Symposium (PALS)
Elina A. Genina; Valery V. Tuchin; Vladimir L. Derbov; Dmitry E. Postnov; Igor V. Meglinski; Kirill V. Larin; Alexander Borisovich Pravdin, Editor(s)

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