Jon Whitney

Machine Learning-Based Automated Detection and Quantification of Geographic Atrophy and Hypertransmission Defects Using Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography

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The current study describes the development and assessment of innovative, machine learning (ML)-based approaches for automated detection and pixel-accurate measurements of regions with geographic atrophy (GA) in late-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD) using optical coherence tomography systems. 900 OCT volumes, 100266 B-scans, and en face OCT images from 341 non-exudative AMD patients with or without GA were included in this study from both Cirrus (Zeiss) and Spectralis (Heidelberg) OCT systems. B-scan and en face level ground truth GA masks were created on OCT B-scan where the segmented ellipsoid zone (EZ) line, retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) line, and bruchs membrane (BM) line overlapped. Two deep learning-based approaches, B-scan level and en face level, were trained. The OCT B-scan model had detection accuracy of 91% and GA area measurement accuracy of 94%. The en face OCT model had detection accuracy of 82% and GA area measurement accuracy of 96% with primary target...

Risk Classification for Progression to Subfoveal Geographic Atrophy in Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration Using Machine Learning–Enabled Outer Retinal Feature Extraction

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Background and objective: To evaluate the utility of spectral-domain optical coherence tomography biomarkers to predict the development of subfoveal geographic atrophy (sfGA). Patients and methods: This was a retrospective cohort analysis including 137 individuals with dry age-related macular degeneration without sfGA with 5 years of follow-up. Multiple spectral-domain optical coherence tomography quantitative metrics were generated, including ellipsoid zone (EZ) integrity and subretinal pigment epithelium (sub-RPE) compartment features. Results: Reduced mean EZ-RPE central subfield thickness and increased sub-RPE compartment thickness were significantly different between sfGA convertors and nonconvertors at baseline in both 2-year and 5-year sfGA risk assessment. Longitudinal change assessment showed a significantly higher degradation of EZ integrity in sfGA convertors. The predictive performance of a machine learning classification model based on 5-year and 2-year risk conversion ...

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