Optical coherence tomography of the human retina.

Journal Article (Journal Article)


To demonstrate optical coherence tomography for high-resolution, noninvasive imaging of the human retina. Optical coherence tomography is a new imaging technique analogous to ultrasound B scan that can provide cross-sectional images of the retina with micrometer-scale resolution.


Survey optical coherence tomographic examination of the retina, including the macula and optic nerve head in normal human subjects.


Research laboratory.


Convenience sample of normal human subjects.

Main outcome measures

Correlation of optical coherence retinal tomographs with known normal retinal anatomy.


Optical coherence tomographs can discriminate the cross-sectional morphologic features of the fovea and optic disc, the layered structure of the retina, and normal anatomic variations in retinal and retinal nerve fiber layer thicknesses with 10-microns depth resolution.


Optical coherence tomography is a potentially useful technique for high depth resolution, cross-sectional examination of the fundus.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hee, MR; Izatt, JA; Swanson, EA; Huang, D; Schuman, JS; Lin, CP; Puliafito, CA; Fujimoto, JG

Published Date

  • March 1995

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 113 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 325 - 332

PubMed ID

  • 7887846

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1538-3601

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-9950

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1001/archopht.1995.01100030081025


  • eng