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A Narrative Study of Diagnosing Various Retinal Diseases using Optical Coherence Tomography


  • Department of Research and Development Centre, Agurchand Manmull Jain College, Meenambakkam, Chennai – 600114, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Middle East College (MEC), Knowledge Oasis Muscat P.B. No. 79, Al Rusayl, Muscat 124, Oman, (Affiliated to Coventry University, UK)


Objectives: The aim of the study is to review working principles of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), and to describe its use in the diagnosis and management of various retinal diseases in medical field. Methods/Analysis: Qualitative analysis such as Morphological alterations, Anomalous structures, 3-D & C-scan studies, increased and decreased reflectivity. Quantitative analysis includes retinal layer thickness measurement, volume and mapping. Interpretations of Spectral Domain OCT (SD-OCT), images to analyze abnormalities in retinal layers in z-depth or 3D scan or C-scan. SD-OCT visualizes ocular structures of retinal diseases in unprecedented 3-D views. It provides an accurate analytic and synthetic study of Retinal Deformations, Retinal edema, Macular Pucker, Macular hole, irregular foveal depression. Findings: In 3-D studies of macular cube, B-scan of the retinal profile gives an absolute representation of optical tissue for the study and measurement. The thickness of Fovea is about 160 - 180 microns and the resolving power measured using the A-scan study is under 4 microns. In case of ARMD-Age- related Macular degeneration (Drusen), the yellow deposits in between RPE (Retinal Pigment Epithellium) and Choroid layer is identified clearly. OCT finds that the RPE atrophy is dynamic and also the external membrane or layers of the retina. In case of Pseudo-vitelliform macular degeneration OCT shows a nontransparent yellow-orange sub-retinal deposit and a central retinal detachment. For Glaucoma disease OCT provides accurate images and this allows us to understand the physical structure (morphology) of the optical disc and the peripapillary nerve strands. In Central Serous Chorio Retinopathy (CSCR) OCT display a little gaps/discontinuity in the RPE at the dispersion location within the serous RPE separation. Various diffusion points shall be visible around the area towards Bruch’s membrane around RPE. Cystoid Macular Edema displayed by showing destruction of the Muller glia cells, leading to cystoid cavity formation inside the retina. Novelty/improvement: Future work is towards the study of determining and analyzing macular degeneration by SD-OCT tool to diagnose possible symptoms for the disease by identifying affected retinal layers through OCT images using improved mmethodologies like image pre-processing, segmentation and classification based on specific algorithm in neural networks.


Interpretation-Retinal SD-OCT Images, OCT Generation, OCT Retinal Layers, OCT Retinal Diseases, OCT in All Fields

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