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Klin Monbl Augenheilkd. 2001 Sep;218(9):616-20.

[Measurement of the diameter of segments of retinal branch vessels in digital fundus images - An experimental study of the method and reproducibility].

[Article in German]

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Augenarztpraxis Rudolstadt, Anton-Sommer-Str. 55, 07407 Rudolstadt, Germany.


The aim of this study was the evaluation of new algorithms to measure diameter of segments of retinal branch vessels offline in local dependence and independent by observer. Methods 360 flashed fundus images (camera FF 450 ZEISS Germany, Visualis IMEDOS GmbH Weimar/Germany) of 12 eyes of healthy volunteers (10 independent sessions containing 3 images for every eye) were analysed. Algorithms detect the vessel diameter along the vessel course automatically. Corresponding segments of a retinal artery and vein were examined (mean length of the segment 2.5 mm) in every image of one eye. Results The marked arterial segment was detected automatically in 359 pictures and the venous segment in all pictures. The mean vessel diameter was detected in single pictures with a mean coefficient of variation (CV) for arteries of 3.4 % and for veins of 2.7 %. The differences of arterial and venous diameter between images were not significant. Analyzing sessions the CV of the mean vessel diameter were reduced for arteries to 2.7 % and for veins to 2.5 %. The standard deviation of the mean vessel diameter was independent of the vessel diameter (branch vessels with diameter of 120 to 200 micrometer). The mean CV of the vessel diameter at single locations were 5.7 % for arteries and 3.8 % for veins. Conclusions The new algorithms are useful for retinal vessel analysis, if there are no questions concerning the dynamic of vessel behaviour.

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