Comparison of algorithms to suppress
artifacts from the natural lens in fluorescence
lifetime imaging ophthalmoscopy (FLIO)
Posted on 15.09.2020 - 17:35
Fluorescence lifetime imaging ophthalmoscopy (FLIO) has developed as a new diagnostic tool in ophthalmology. FLIO measurements are taken from 30° retinal fields in two spectral channels (SSC: 498–560 nm, LSC: 560–720 nm). Because of the layered structure of the eye, the detected signal is an interaction of the fluorescence decay of the anterior part and of the fundus. Comparing FLIO measurements before and after cataract surgery, the impact of the natural lens was proven, despite the application of a confocal laser scanning (cSLO) technique. The goal of this work was to determine the best algorithmic solution to isolate the sole fundus fluorescence lifetime from the measured signal, suppressing artifacts from the natural lens. Three principles based on a tri-exponential model were investigated: a tailfit, a layer-based approach with a temporally shifted component, and the inclusion of a separately measured fluorescence decay of the natural lens. The mean fluorescence lifetime τm,12 is calculated using only the shortest and the middle exponential component. τm,all is calculated using all three exponential components. The results of tri-exponential tailfit after cataract surgery were considered as a reference. In SSC, the best accordance of τm,all with the reference was determined with τm,12 of the tailfit before surgery. If high-quality natural lens measurements are available, the correspondence of τm,12 is best with τm,all of the reference. In LSC, there is a good accordance for all models between τm,12 before and after surgery.
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Schweitzer, Dietrich; Haueisen, Jens; Brauer, Jakob; Hammer, Martin; Klemm, Matthias (2020): Comparison of algorithms to suppress artifacts from the natural lens in fluorescence lifetime imaging ophthalmoscopy (FLIO). The Optical Society. Collection. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.c.5086553.v2
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