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Multispectral fundus imaging for early detection of diabetic retinopathy
Author(s): James M. Beach; James S. Tiedeman; Mark F. Hopkins; Yashvinder S. Sabharwal
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Paper Abstract

Functional imaging of the retina and associated structures may provide information for early assessment of risks of developing retinopathy in diabetic patients. Here we show results of retinal oximetry performed using multi-spectral reflectance imaging techniques to assess hemoglobin (Hb) oxygen saturation (OS) in blood vessels of the inner retina and oxygen utilization at the optic nerve in diabetic patients without retinopathy and early disease during experimental hyperglycemia. Retinal images were obtained through a fundus camera and simultaneously recorded at up to four wavelengths using image-splitting modules coupled to a digital camera. Changes in OS in large retinal vessels, in average OS in disk tissue, and in the reduced state of cytochrome oxidase (CO) at the disk were determined from changes in reflectance associated with the oxidation/reduction states of Hb and CO. Step to high sugar lowered venous oxygen saturation to a degree dependent on disease duration. Moderate increase in sugar produced higher levels of reduced CO in both the disk and surrounding tissue without a detectable change in average tissue OS. Results suggest that regulation of retinal blood supply and oxygen consumption are altered by hyperglycemia and that such functional changes are present before clinical signs of retinopathy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 April 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3603, Systems and Technologies for Clinical Diagnostics and Drug Discovery II, (21 April 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.346732
Show Author Affiliations
James M. Beach, Univ. of Virginia School of Medicine (United States)
James S. Tiedeman, Univ. of Virginia School of Medicine (United States)
Mark F. Hopkins, Optical Insights, LLC (United States)
Yashvinder S. Sabharwal, Optical Insights, LLC (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3603:
Systems and Technologies for Clinical Diagnostics and Drug Discovery II
Gerald E. Cohn; John C. Owicki, Editor(s)

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