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Optical coherence tomography angiography: Technical principles and clinical applications in ophthalmology

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      Optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) is a functional extension of OCT that provides information on retinal and choroidal circulations without the need for dye injections. With the recent development of high-speed OCT systems and efficient algorithms, OCTA has become clinically feasible. In this review article, we discuss the technical principles of OCTA, including image processing and artifacts, and its clinical applications in ophthalmology. We summarize recent studies which qualitatively or quantitatively assess disease presentation, progression, and/or response to treatment.

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          Split-spectrum amplitude-decorrelation angiography with optical coherence tomography

          Amplitude decorrelation measurement is sensitive to transverse flow and immune to phase noise in comparison to Doppler and other phase-based approaches. However, the high axial resolution of OCT makes it very sensitive to the pulsatile bulk motion noise in the axial direction. To overcome this limitation, we developed split-spectrum amplitude-decorrelation angiography (SSADA) to improve the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of flow detection. The full OCT spectrum was split into several narrower bands. Inter-B-scan decorrelation was computed using the spectral bands separately and then averaged. The SSADA algorithm was tested on in vivo images of the human macula and optic nerve head. It significantly improved both SNR for flow detection and connectivity of microvascular network when compared to other amplitude-decorrelation algorithms.
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            Affiliations
            Department of Ophthalmology, Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR, USA
            Author notes
            Address for correspondence: Dr. David Huang, Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR 97239, USA. davidhuang@ 123456alum.mit.edu
            Journal
            101582127
            41305
            Taiwan J Ophthalmol
            Taiwan J Ophthalmol
            Taiwan journal of ophthalmology
            2211-5056
            2211-5072
            22 September 2017
            19 September 2017
            Jul-Sep 2017
            27 September 2017
            : 7
            : 3
            : 115-129
            5617355
            10.4103/tjo.tjo_31_17
            NIHMS907299

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