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Ophthalmology. 2000 Jan;107(1):25-8.

Telemedical evaluation and management of retinopathy of prematurity using a fiberoptic digital fundus camera.

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  • 1Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California 90095, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We sought to determine whether retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) can be evaluated and managed telemedically.

DESIGN:

Multicenter noncomparative case series.

PARTICIPANTS:

Ten patients (19 eyes) with ROP were evaluated and treated per standard of care and imaged with the RetCam 120 digital fundus camera (Massie Research Laboratories, Inc., Dublin, CA).

INTERVENTION:

Images were transmitted to a remote site for evaluation and management recommendations.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Telemedical evaluations and management recommendations were compared with traditional on-site standard of care evaluations and treatments.

RESULTS:

The identification of Plus disease at the remote site was accurately identified in 95% of eyes. Prethreshold, threshold, and stage 4 or 5 ROP were correctly detected in 17 of 19 (89%) eyes.

CONCLUSIONS:

Results indicate ROP can be evaluated and treatment recommendations made at remote sites with telemedicine strategies.

PMID:
10647714
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