September 2016
Volume 57, Issue 12
Open Access
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   September 2016
Magnification Characteristics on Optical Coherence Tomography Systems
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Dirk-Uwe G Bartsch
    Ophthalmology, Univ of California-San Diego, La Jolla, California, United States
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    Commercial Relationships   Dirk-Uwe Bartsch, Heidelberg Engineering (F)
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    Support  NIH grant R01EY016323, NIH grant R01EY016323, NIH grant 1P30EY022589, Research to Prevent Blindness
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      Dirk-Uwe G Bartsch; Magnification Characteristics on Optical Coherence Tomography Systems. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 201657(12):.

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Purpose : Recent advances in optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology have led to the expansion of this technology into all areas of medicine. A large number of clinical studies have been conducted in areas such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, Alzheimer's disease, and others. In these studies patients with different refractive errors are studied with different OCT devices using a variety of imaging protocols that measure retinal thickness. Our purpose was to study the lateral magnification characteristics in six different optical coherence tomography devices in a model eye and draw conclusions for clinical studies. Previously, we studies the variations in magnification with different axial length. In this study we varied axial length and refractive power.

Methods : We build an eye model with a simulated retina and an achromatic doublet lens. The axial length of the eye model was adjustable to yield a corresponding defocus of +4D to -10D from emmetropia. In addition, we modified the refractive power of the lens by adding spherical trial lenses to change refractive power. We imaged the model eye with six different optical coherence tomographs (CirrusOCT, Optos OCT, Optovue, SpectralisOCT, StratusOCT, and Topcon DRI). We measured the lateral dimension of features on the simulated retina with each instrument.

Results : In our prior study we analyzed lateral magnification with axial length variation. The SpectralisOCT showed no magnification error with axial length. The Topcon DRI and Optovue showed 12% and 13% variability over the defocus range, respectively. The CirrusOCT and StratusOCT showed 30% variability and the Optos OCT showed 45% variability over the defocus range. In the second study we analyzed lateral magnification with refractive power. The CirrusOCT, StratusOCT and Topcon DRI showed minimal magnification error with refractive power change.

Conclusions : Optical coherence tomography has dramatically altered retinal imaging and anatomical understanding. Recently, the instruments have been used to collect cross-sectional normative databases in large number of patients. These studies rely on the accuracy of the instrument for different refractive powers and different axial lengths. It appears that several instruments exhibit lateral magnification errors that need to be considered in cross-sectional studies.

This is an abstract that was submitted for the 2016 ARVO Annual Meeting, held in Seattle, Wash., May 1-5, 2016.


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