Zeiss AngioPlex Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography of the Retinal Microvasculature May Help Enhance Understanding of Retinal Disease

Feb 09, 2016, 08:00 ET from touchOPHTHALMOLOGY

LONDON, February 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

European Ophthalmic Review, the peer-reviewed journal, has published an overview on AngioPlexTM optical coherence tomography angiography of the retinal microvasculature.

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AngioPlexTM optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a new approach to diagnostic imaging in retinal disease. This technology uses amplitude and phase aspects of the OCT signal and novel algorithms to enable highly detailed visualisation of the retinal microvasculature. This system detects capillary flow rather than the presence of an injected dye. Unlike fluorescein angiography (FA), AngioPlex OCT imaging can discriminate capillaries at the superficial and deep retina and can also generate a colour map of the retinal vessels providing unparalleled views of diseased capillaries and net structures. Retinal and choroidal pathologies that are amenable to AngioPlex OCT examination include diabetic retinopathy (DR), vein occlusions, age-related macular degeneration and pathological myopia. In addition, AngioPlex OCT can be used to explore the vasculature of the optic nerve. These applications have considerable potential for improved retinal and choroidal disease diagnosis, but further experience and debate are needed to fully interpret the images. AngioPlex OCT is rapid, non-invasive and improves the patient experience and has been granted US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for clinical use. The convenience and the range of retinal disease applications may encourage widespread adoption of the technology. AngioPlex OCT may therefore become a standard initial examination step for patients with retinal disease prior to and during treatment and may also indicate where further investigations including FA or indocyanine green are necessary.

The full peer-reviewed, open-access article is available here:

http://doi.org/10.17925/EOR.2015.09.02.147

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