Measurement of total blood flow in the normal human retina using Doppler Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography.

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To measure total retinal blood flow in normal human eyes using Doppler Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT).10 normal people aged 35 to 69 years were measured for the right eye using Doppler FD-OCT. Double circular scans around the optic nerve heads were used. Four pairs of circular scans that transected all retinal branch vessels were completed in 2 s. Total retinal blood flow was obtained by summing the flows in the branch veins. Measurements from the eight scans were averaged. Veins with diameters >33 microm were taken into account.Total retinal blood flow could be measured in eight of 10 subjects: mean (SD) = 45.6 (3.8) microl/min (range 40.8 to 52.9 microl/min). The coefficient of variation for repeated measurements was 10.5%. Measured vein diameters ranged from 33.3 to 155.4 mum. The averaged flow speed was 19.3 (2.9) mm/s, which did not correlate with vessel diameter. There was no significant difference between flows in the superior and inferior retinal hemispheres.Double circular scanning using Doppler FD-OCT is a rapid and reproducible method to measure total retinal blood flow. These flow values are within the range previously established by laser Doppler flowmetry.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wang, Y; Lu, A; Gil-Flamer, J; Tan, O; Izatt, JA; Huang, D

Published Date

  • May 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 93 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 634 - 637

PubMed ID

  • 19168468

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19168468

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1468-2079

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0007-1161

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1136/bjo.2008.150276

Language

  • eng