Sources of longitudinal variability in optical coherence tomography nerve-fibre layer measurements

L. Kagemann, T. Mumcuoglu, G. Wollstein, R. Bilonick, H. Ishikawa, K. A. Townsend, M. Gabriele, J. G. Fujimoto, J. S. Schuman

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Aims: The purpose of this study was to compare the day-to-day reproducibility of optical coherence tomography (OCT; StratusOCT, Carl Zeiss Meditec, Dublin, CA) measurements of retinal nerve-fibre layer (RNFL) measurements at time points 1 year apart. Methods: One eye in each of 11 healthy subjects was examined using the StratusOCT fast RNFL scan protocol. Three fast RNFL scans with signal strength ≥7 were obtained on each of 3 days within a month. This protocol was repeated after 12 months. A linear mixed effects model fitted to the nested data was used to compute the variance components. Results: The square root of the variance component that was attributed to the differences between subjects was 7.17 μm in 2005 and 7.28 μm in 2006. The square roots of the variance component due to differences between days within a single subject were 1.95 μm and 1.50 μm, respectively, and for within day within a single subject were 2.51 μm and 2.55 μm, respectively. There were no statistically significant differences for any variance component between the two testing occasions. Conclusions: Measurement error variance remains similar from year to year. Day and scan variance component values obtained in a cohort study may be safely applied for prediction of long-term reproducibility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)806-809
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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