Development of quantitative diagnostic observables for age-related macular degeneration using Spectral Domain OCT

Bradley A. Bower, Stephanie J. Chiu, Emily Davies, Anjul M. Davis, Robert Zawadzki, Alfred R. Fuller, David F. Wiley, Joseph A. Izatt, Cynthia A. Toth

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3 Scopus citations


We report on the development of quantitative, reproducible diagnostic observables for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) based on high speed spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SDOCT). 3D SDOCT volumetric data sets (512 × 1000 × 100 voxels) were collected (5.7 seconds acquisition time) in over 50 patients with age-related macular degeneration and geographic atrophy using a state-of-the-art SDOCT scanner. Commercial and custom software utilities were used for manual and semi-automated segmentation of photoreceptor layer thickness, total drusen volume, and geographic atrophy cross-sectional area. In a preliminary test of reproducibility in segmentation of total drusen volume and geographic atrophy surface area, inter-observer error was less than 5%. Extracted volume and surface area of AMDrelated drusen and geographic atrophy, respectively, may serve as useful observables for tracking disease state that were not accessible without the rapid 3D volumetric imaging capability unique to retinal SDOCT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOphthalmic Technologies XVII
StatePublished - Aug 31 2007
EventOphthalmic Technologies XVII - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 20 2007Jan 23 2007


OtherOphthalmic Technologies XVII
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA


  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Optical coherence tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomaterials
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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