Comparison between laser scanning tomography and computerised image analysis of the optic disc

A. Azuara-Blanco, G.L. Spaeth, J. Nicholl, I.M. Lanzl, J.J. Augsburger

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Abstract

Aims - To study the interchangeability of the measurements of the optic disc topography obtained by one computerised image analyser and one confocal laser tomographic scanner. Methods - One eye of 28 patients with glaucoma or glaucoma suspects was studied. All cases had simultaneous stereoscopic disc photographs taken with the fundus camera Topcon TRC-SS and optic disc examination with the Heidelberg retina tomograph (HRT) during the same visit. The optic disc photographs were digitised and analysed with the Topcon ImageNet (TI) system. Three variables of the optic disc topography provided by the TI and the HRT were compared - cup volume (CV), rim area (RA), and cup area to disc area ratio (CA/DA). Results - The mean values of CV and RA provided by the TI (0.52 (SD 0.32) mm and 1.58 (0.39) mm , respectively) were greater (p <0.01) than the mean values of CV and RA determined by the HRT (0.32 (0.25) mm , and 1.33 (0.47) mm , respectively). The mean value of CA/DA provided by the TI (0.42 (0.14)) and the HRT (0.42 (0.18)) was similar (p = 0.93). Correlation coefficients between measurements obtained by the two methods ranged from 0.53 to 0.73. Conclusion - There was a significant discrepancy in the measurements of rim area and cup volume of the optic disc obtained by a computerised image analyser and a laser scanning tomograph.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-298
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume83
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 1999

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