Xuemin Li

Choroidal morphologic and vascular features in patients with unilateral idiopathic epiretinal membranes: An optical coherence tomography analysis integrated with assessment of retinal layers

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Introduction: Integrated analysis of retinal and choroidal morphologic and vascular features is urgently needed to examine whether and how these two elements interact with each other, thus contributing to visual impairment in patients with idiopathic epiretinal membranes (iERMs). Methods: An observational retrospective study consisting of 181 patients diagnosed with unilateral iERM between August 2019 and July 2022 was carried out at Peking University Third Hospital. All patients underwent a standardized set of ophthalmologic examinations, including EDI-OCT and OCTA scanning, and were subsequently categorized into four stages according to current classification schemes based on their OCT findings. Altogether, 15 qualitative and quantitative parameters of both the retina (full-layer, inner and outer layers) and choroid were identified. Results: The results revealed variations in the choroidal vascularity index (CVI) among different stages of iERMs (p < 0.001) for the first t...

CVIS: Automated OCT-scan-based software application for the measurements of choroidal vascularity index and choroidal thickness

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Purpose: To develop an automated image recognition software for the objective quantification of choroidal vascularity index (CVI) and choroidal thickness (CT) at different choroidal locations on images obtained from enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography (EDI-OCT), and to validate its reliability and investigate the difference and correlation between measurements made by manual and software. Methods: A total of 390 EDI-OCT scans, captured from 130 eligible emmetropic or myopic subjects, were categorized into four grades in terms of their accessibility to identify the choroidal-scleral interface (CSI) and were further assessed for CT and CVI at five locations (subfoveal, nasal, temporal, superior and inferior) by the newly developed Choroidal Vascularity Index Software (CVIS) and three ophthalmologists. Choroidal parameters acquired from CVIS were evaluated for its reliability and correlation with ocular factors, in comparison to manual measurements. Distribution of diff...

Choroidal Morphologic and Vascular Features in Patients With Myopic Choroidal Neovascularization and Different Levels of Myopia Based on Image Binarization of Optical Coherence Tomography

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Purpose: To characterize the choroidal morphologic and vascular features in different levels of myopes and patients with myopic choroidal neovascularization (mCNV). Methods: A total of 148 subjects were enrolled in this cross-sectional study, including 78 low-to-moderate myopes (LMM), 53 high myopes (HM), and 17 high myopic patients with mCNV. Ocular biometrics were measured using an optical low-coherence reflectometry device. Retinal and choroidal imaging was performed using enhanced depth imaging (EDI) spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT). Retinal parameters including retinal thickness and retinal volume were obtained from a built-in software. Binarization technique was adopted to investigate choroidal parameters including choroidal thickness (CT), vascular area, stromal area, and choroidal vascularity index (CVI). Choroidal parameters were measured at five locations to cover as much area of choroid as possible, and their patterns of distribution were further analyze...

Ellipsoid Zone and External Limiting Membrane-Related Parameters on Spectral Domain-Optical Coherence Tomography and Their Relationships With Visual Prognosis After Successful Macular Hole Surgery

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Purpose: To compare structural diameters of the ellipsoid zone (EZ) and external limiting membrane (ELM) bands on spectral domain-optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) images between vision-improved (group A) and vision-unimproved (group B) patients, and investigate the connection between these parameters and visual prognosis. Materials and Methods: Forty-five eyes of 43 patients with idiopathic full-thickness macular hole closed after vitrectomy were retrospectively reviewed. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) and SD-OCT were conducted preoperatively and at 1 week, 1 month and 6 months postoperatively. Structural and functional parameters were then measured using ImageJ software. Results: Among structural and functional parameters, the relative reflectivity of EZ and the ratio of continuous ELM and EZ in group A were significantly higher than in group B from the 1-month postoperative visit. At the 6-month follow-up, the diameter of EZ disruption in group A was significantly smalle...


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