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Michael Reich, Andreas Glatz, Daniel Boehringer, Charlotte Evers, Moritz Daniel, Felicitas Bucher, Franziska Ludwig, Simone Nuessle, Wolf A. Lagrèze, Peter M. Maloca, Clemens Lange, Thomas Reinhard, Hansjuergen Agostini, Stefan J. Lang; Comparison of Current Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography Methods in Imaging Retinal Hemangioblastomas. Trans. Vis. Sci. Tech. 2020;9(8):12. doi: https://doi.org/10.1167/tvst.9.8.12.
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To compare spectral-domain (SD) and swept-source (SS) optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) for imaging retinal capillary hemangioblastomas (RCHs) in von Hippel-Lindau disease (VHLD).
Prospective single-center cross-sectional study. Tumor size (TS) of perfused RCHs was assessed clinically in relation to the optic disc size. For both technologies, SD-OCTA and SS-OCTA, corresponding images with a scan size of 3 × 3 mm2 and 6 × 6 mm2, respectively, were overlaid according to the set of marker positions to determine the TS.
From 200 patients with VHLD, 48 patients showed 84 RCHs. SD-OCTA images of 39 RCHs (46.4%) and SS-OCTA images of 48 RCHs (57.2%) were suitable for analysis. The average in OCTA-measured TS of 1.60 ± 2.58 mm2 (range, 0.01–10.43) was congruent to the clinically assessed TS in 81.3% of cases (r = 0.86, P < 0.0001). TS measured in SD-OCTA compared to SS-OCTA showed similar values and a high correlation (all P < 0.0001). Nevertheless, despite the similarities, a slight trend in SS-OCTA was observed whereby with increasing TS, an elevated TS was detected compared to SD-OCTA (3 × 3-mm2 scans: mean difference of 0.03 ± 0.04 mm2, 6 × 6-mm2 scans: 0.08 ± 0.19 mm2). However, within the same imaging technology method, TS values almost did not differ (SD-OCTA: mean difference of 0.01 ± 0.02 mm2, SS-OCTA: 0.001 ± 0.01 mm2).
OCTA may serve as an additional tool for diagnosis and monitoring of RCHs. Nevertheless, due to the differences between the technologies, the values cannot be used interchangeably.
SD-OCTA and SS-OCTA are suitable to detect and monitor RCHs and provide a more detailed assessment about the TS than this is clinically possible.
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