Safety and Feasibility of a Novel Sparse Optical Coherence Tomography Device for Patient-Delivered Retina Home Monitoring.

Maloca, Peter; Hasler, Pascal W; Barthelmes, Daniel; Arnold, Patrik; Matthias, Mooser; Scholl, Hendrik P N; Gerding, Heinrich; Garweg, Justus; Heeren, Tjebo; Balaskas, Konstantinos; de Carvalho, J Emanuel Ramos; Egan, Catherine; Tufail, Adnan; Zweifel, Sandrine A (2018). Safety and Feasibility of a Novel Sparse Optical Coherence Tomography Device for Patient-Delivered Retina Home Monitoring. Translational vision science & technology, 7(4), p. 8. Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology 10.1167/tvst.7.4.8

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Purpose To study a novel and fast optical coherence tomography (OCT) device for home-based monitoring in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in a small sample yielding sparse OCT (spOCT) data and to compare the device to a commercially available reference device. Methods In this prospective study, both eyes of 31 participants with AMD were included. The subjects underwent scanning with an OCT prototype and a spectral-domain OCT to compare the accuracy of the central retinal thickness (CRT) measurements. Results Sixty-two eyes in 31 participants (21 females and 10 males) were included. The mean age was 79.6 years (age range, 69-92 years). The mean difference in the CRT measurements between the devices was 4.52 μm (SD ± 20.0 μm; range, -65.6 to 41.5 μm). The inter- and intrarater reliability coefficients of the OCT prototype were both >0.95. The laser power delivered was <0.54 mW for spOCT and <1.4 mW for SDOCT. No adverse events were reported, and the visual acuity before and after the measurements was stable. Conclusion This study demonstrated the safety and feasibility of this home-based OCT monitoring under real-life conditions, and it provided evidence for the potential clinical benefit of the device. Translational Relevance The newly developed spOCT is a valid and readily available retina scanner. It could be applied as a portable self-measuring OCT system. Its use may facilitate the sustainable monitoring of chronic retinal diseases by providing easily accessible and continuous retinal monitoring.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Ophthalmology

UniBE Contributor:

Garweg, Justus


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology




Sebastian Wolf

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04 Dec 2018 11:23

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09 Dec 2018 02:41

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

age-related macular degeneration monitoring optical coherence tomography retina




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