Assessment of Artifacts and Reproducibility across Spectral- and Time-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography Devices

Joseph Ho, Alan C. Sull, Laurel N. Vuong, Yueli Chen, Jonathan Liu, James G. Fujimoto, Joel S. Schuman, Jay S. Duker

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Purpose: To report the frequency of optical coherence tomography (OCT) scan artifacts and to compare macular thickness measurements, interscan reproducibility, and interdevice agreeability across 3 spectral-domain (SD) OCT (also known as Fourier domain; Cirrus HD-OCT, RTVue-100, and Topcon 3D-OCT 1000) devices and 1 time-domain (TD) OCT (Stratus OCT) device. Design: Prospective, noncomparative, noninterventional case series. Participants: Fifty-two patients seen at the New England Eye Center, Tufts Medical Center Retina Service, between February and August 2008. Methods: Two scans were performed for each of the SD OCT protocols: Cirrus macular cube 512×128 (software version 3.0; Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc., Dublin, CA), RTVue (E)MM5 and MM6 (software version 3.5; Optovue, Inc., Fremont, CA), Topcon 3D Macular and Radial (software version 2.12; Topcon, Inc., Paramus, NJ), in addition to 1 TD OCT scan via Stratus macular thickness protocol (software version 4.0; Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc.). Scans were inspected for 6 types of OCT scan artifacts and were analyzed. Interscan reproducibility and interdevice agreeability were assessed by intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs) and Bland-Altman plots, respectively. Main Outcome Measures: Optical coherence tomography image artifacts, macular thickness, reproducibility, and agreeability. Results: Time-domain OCT scans contained a significantly higher percentage of clinically significant improper central foveal thickness (IFT) after manual correction (11-μm change or more) compared with SD OCT scans. Cirrus HD-OCT had a significantly lower percentage of clinically significant IFT (11.1%) compared with the other SD OCT devices (Topcon 3D, 20.4%; Topcon Radial, 29.6%; RTVue (E)MM5, 42.6%; RTVue MM6, 24.1%; P = 0.001). All 3 SD OCT devices had central foveal subfield thicknesses that were significantly more than that of TD OCT after manual correction (P<0.0001). All 3 SD OCT devices demonstrated a high degree of reproducibility in the central foveal region (ICCs, 0.92-0.97). Bland-Altman plots showed low agreeability between TD and SD OCT scans. Conclusions: Out of all OCT devices analyzed, cirrus HD-OCT scans exhibited the lowest occurrence of any artifacts (68.5%), IFT (40.7%), and clinically significant IFT (11.1%), whereas Stratus OCT scans exhibited the highest occurrence of clinically significant IFT. Further work on improving segmentation algorithm to decrease artifacts is warranted. Financial Disclosure(s): Proprietary or commercial disclosure may be found after the references.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1960-1970
Number of pages11
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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