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Taiji Nagaoka, Tomofumi Tani, Young-Seok Song, Takafumi Yoshioka, Akihiro Ishibazawa, Seigo Nakabayashi, Masahiro Akiba, Akitoshi Yoshida; Evaluation of Retinal Circulation Using Segmental-Scanning Doppler Optical Coherence Tomography in Anesthetized Cats. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2016;57(7):2936-2941. doi: https://doi.org/10.1167/iovs.15-18303.
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To study retinal blood flow (RBF) measurement reproducibility using segmental-scanning Doppler optical coherence tomography (DOCT) in vitro in glass capillaries and in vivo in anesthetized cats.
As a preliminary study, the flow rates of human blood through glass capillaries were changed by using an infusion pump and measured at 13 preset velocities by DOCT. For in vivo measurement, the cats were anesthetized using sevoflurane. The flow in the parent vessel was compared with the sum of the flow values in the two daughter vessels. The RBF was measured using two different instruments: bidirectional laser Doppler velocimetry (LDV) and DOCT. The reproducibility of the measurements was assessed by calculating the coefficients of variation (CVs) for repeated measurements of RBF at the superior retinal arterioles and venules.
In vitro, the flow velocities measured by DOCT agreed well with the preset velocities. In vivo, the flow in the parent vessel agreed with the sum of the flow values in the two daughter vessels. In addition, there were no significant differences in the mean averaged CVs of the RBF in both the arterioles and venules between LDV and DOCT.
The newly developed segmental-scanning DOCT revealed the accuracy of the measurement in in vitro glass capillaries and reproducibility of the measurements of blood velocity in both the retinal arterioles and venules in anesthetized cats.
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