Objective: The purpose of the study was to investigate if absolute values and reproducibility of thickness maps obtained from 2 optical coherence tomography (OCT) scanning protocols, regular high-resolution and fast low-density mode, differ in patients with diabetic macular edema. Methods: A total of 26 consecutive patients undergoing fluorescein angiography and Stratus OCT scanning for the evaluation of diabetic macular edema at the Departments of Ophthalmology in Munich and Vienna were included. Results: Retinal thickness of the central field of the thickness map measured by fast retinal thickness protocol was 287 ± 97 and 290 ± 113 µm by the regular protocol. This difference as well as that for all other fields was not statistically significant. Three times repeated measurements applying both OCT scanning modes in 10 patients yielded very good intrasession correlation coefficients between 0.70 and 0.99, with corresponding intrasession standard deviations ranging between 6 and 16 µm. The fast mode yielded slightly less reproducible values than the regular mode. Visual acuity did not influence the results. Conclusion: In practice both scanning modes can be interchanged and absolute values can be compared directly. Best reproducibility is obtained with higher sampling density even in patients with reduced visual acuity due to diabetic macular edema.

This content is only available via PDF.
Copyright / Drug Dosage / Disclaimer
Copyright: All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be translated into other languages, reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, microcopying, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Drug Dosage: The authors and the publisher have exerted every effort to ensure that drug selection and dosage set forth in this text are in accord with current recommendations and practice at the time of publication. However, in view of ongoing research, changes in government regulations, and the constant flow of information relating to drug therapy and drug reactions, the reader is urged to check the package insert for each drug for any changes in indications and dosage and for added warnings and precautions. This is particularly important when the recommended agent is a new and/or infrequently employed drug.
Disclaimer: The statements, opinions and data contained in this publication are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of the publishers and the editor(s). The appearance of advertisements or/and product references in the publication is not a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised or of their effectiveness, quality or safety. The publisher and the editor(s) disclaim responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas, methods, instructions or products referred to in the content or advertisements.
You do not currently have access to this content.