Reproducible estimation of retinal vessel width by computerized microdensitometry.


Journal Article

An objective method for reliably estimating the width of retinal vessels is presented. A computerized microdensitometer scans film negatives of fundus photographs and reconstructs black and white images of the fundus on a visual display terminal. After this initial scan, a desired region of a retinal vessel is selected with moveable cursors, and a cross-sectional density profile through the vessel is plotted. Vessel width is determined by the half-height width of the profile of the minimum (least transmitting) and average background film densities. Measurement sites can be accurately reproduced on different negatives by landmark mapping. A series of ten fundus photographs were taken of three healthy human eyes, and the width of the superior temporal vein was measured in two places on alle negatives. The coefficient of variation of the six sets ranged from 1.2 and 3.4% with an average of 2.2%.

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Cited Authors

  • George, GS; Wolbarsht, ML; Landers, MB

Published Date

  • March 1, 1990

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 89 - 95

PubMed ID

  • 2338387

Pubmed Central ID

  • 2338387

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-2630

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0165-5701

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/bf00154207


  • eng