Comparison of diabetic retinopathy lesions identified using ultrawide field imaging and optical coherence tomography angiography

Recivall P. Salongcay*, Lizzie Anne C. Aquino, Claude Michael G. Salva, Tunde Peto, Paolo S. Silva

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Introduction: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) angiography (OCTA) has the potential to influence the diagnosis and management of diabetic eye disease. This study aims to determine the correlation between diabetic retinopathy (DR) findings on ultrawide field (UWF) color photography (UWF-CP), UWF fluorescein angiography (UWF-FA), and OCTA. Methods: This is a cross-sectional, prospective study. One hundred and fourteen eyes from 57 patients with diabetes underwent mydriatic UWF-CP, UWF-FA, and OCTA. DR severity was assessed. Ischemic areas were identified on UWF-FA using ImageJ and the nonperfusion index (NPI) was calculated. Diabetic macular edema (DME) was assessed using OCT. Superficial capillary plexus vessel density (VD), vessel perfusion (VP), and foveal avascular zone (FAZ) area were automatically measured on OCTA. Pearson correlation coefficient between the imaging modalities was determined. Results: Forty-five eyes were excluded due to non-DR findings or prior laser photocoagulation; 69 eyes were analyzed. DR severity was associated with larger NPI (r = 0.55944, p < 0.0001) even after distinguishing between cones (Cone Nonperfusion Index [CPI]: r = 0.55617, p < 0.0001) and rods (Rod Nonperfusion Index [RPI]: r = 0.55285, p < 0.0001). In eyes with nonproliferative DR (NPDR), NPI is correlated with DME (r = 0.51156, p = 0.0017) and central subfield thickness (CST) (r = 0.67496, p < 0.0001). UWF-FA macular nonperfusion correlated with NPI (r = 0.42899, p = 0.0101), CPI (r = 0.50028, p = 0.0022), and RPI (r = 0.49027, p = 0.0028). Central VD and VP correlated with the DME presence (r = 0.52456, p < 0.0001; r = 0.51952, p < 0.0001) and CST (r = 0.50133, p < 0.0001; r = 0.48731, p < 0.0001). Central VD and VP were correlated with macular nonperfusion (r = 0.44503, p = 0.0065; r = 0.44239, p = 0.0069) in eyes with NPDR. Larger FAZ was correlated with decreased central VD (r = −0.60089, p = 0.0001) and decreased central VP (r = −0.59224, p = 0.0001). Conclusion: UWF-CP, UWF-FA, and OCTA findings provide relevant clinical information on diabetic eyes. Nonperfusion on UWF-FA is correlated with DR severity and DME. OCTA metrics of the superficial capillary plexus correlate with the incidence of DME and macular ischemia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1053–1062
Number of pages10
JournalOphthalmic Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2023


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