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20 February 2009 Quality assessment for spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) images
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Proceedings Volume 7171, Multimodal Biomedical Imaging IV; 71710X (2009)
Event: SPIE BiOS, 2009, San Jose, California, United States
Retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thickness, a measure of glaucoma progression, can be measured in images acquired by spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT). The accuracy of RNFL thickness estimation, however, is affected by the quality of the OCT images. In this paper, a new parameter, signal deviation (SD), which is based on the standard deviation of the intensities in OCT images, is introduced for objective assessment of OCT image quality. Two other objective assessment parameters, signal to noise ratio (SNR) and signal strength (SS), are also calculated for each OCT image. The results of the objective assessment are compared with subjective assessment. In the subjective assessment, one OCT expert graded the image quality according to a three-level scale (good, fair, and poor). The OCT B-scan images of the retina from six subjects are evaluated by both objective and subjective assessment. From the comparison, we demonstrate that the objective assessment successfully differentiates between the acceptable quality images (good and fair images) and poor quality OCT images as graded by OCT experts. We evaluate the performance of the objective assessment under different quality assessment parameters and demonstrate that SD is the best at distinguishing between fair and good quality images. The accuracy of RNFL thickness estimation is improved significantly after poor quality OCT images are rejected by automated objective assessment using the SD, SNR, and SS.
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Shuang Liu, Amit S. Paranjape, Badr Elmaanaoui, Jordan Dewelle, H. Grady Rylander III, Mia K. Markey, and Thomas E. Milner "Quality assessment for spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) images", Proc. SPIE 7171, Multimodal Biomedical Imaging IV, 71710X (20 February 2009);

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