Investigation of retinal vessel autoregulation using real-time spectral domain doppler optical coherence tomography
Investigation of the autoregulatory mechanism of human retinal perfusion was conducted with a novel real-time spectral domain Doppler optical coherence tomography (SDOCT) system. Volumetric, time-sequential, and Doppler flow imaging was performed in the superior arcade region on normal healthy subjects breathing normal room air and 100% oxygen. The real-time Doppler SDOCT system displays fully processed, high-resolution [512 (axial) × 1000 (lateral) pixels] B-scans at 17 frames/sec in volumetric and time-sequential imaging modes, and also displays fully processed overlaid color Doppler flow images comprising 512 (axial) × 500 (lateral) pixels at 6 frames/sec. OCT fundus images generated from volumetric datasets updated in real time (up to 2 fundus images/sec for 100 × 100 pixel volumes) were used to image and localize retinal vessels for time-sequential and Doppler flow analysis. In preliminary measurements, data acquired following 5 minutes of 100% oxygen inhalation was compared with that acquired 5 minutes post-inhalation. The same arterial segments examined at both time points exhibit constriction in vessel diameter under pure oxygen inhalation of up to 7% and reduction in peak flow velocity as great as 38%, both of which are in good agreement with previous laser Doppler velocimetry studies.
Bower, BA; Zhao, M; Izatt, JA
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