Multimodal imaging features of optic disc drusen. Yan et al. American Journal of Ophthalmology

Multimodal Imaging Features of Optic Disc Drusen.

Yan Y, Ludwig CA, Liao YJ.Am J Ophthalmol. 2021 May;225:18-26. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2020.12.023. Epub 2021 Jan 21.


To identify key en face multimodal imaging features of optic disc drusen (ODD).


Retrospective cross-sectional study.


Setting: a single academic center. Patient or Study Population: 786 patients (10-82 years of age) with diagnostic codes for optic disc drusen (ODD) in clinical notes extracted using natural language processing. Intervention or Observation Procedures: color fundus imaging, green-light and blue-light fundus autofluorescence (FAF), near-infrared reflectance (NIR), and enhanced-depth imaging optical coherence tomography (EDI-OCT). Main Outcome Measurements: Ophthalmic imaging characteristics and sensitivity of en face imaging compared with EDI-OCT.


A total of 38 patients (61 eyes) had high-quality EDI-OCT scans and en face multimodal imaging. Green-light FAF imaging had the highest diagnostic sensitivity (96.8%) for ODD and showed homogeneous hyperautofluorescence, whereas blue-light FAF imaging had heterogeneous brightness, which helped differentiate superficial from deep ODD. Blue-light FAF (93.5%) and NIR (91.8%) imaging were also sensitive tests and revealed papillary and peripapillary features that were not well seen on green-light FAF, including the size and depth of ODD, morphology of the optic disc, and common ODD-associated structures such as horizontal hyper-reflective lines and peripapillary hyper-reflective ovoid mass-like structures (PHOMS). Color fundus imaging had the lowest sensitivity (82%). There was good inter-rater reliability for all en face imaging modalities (P < .0001 for all).


In en face imaging, green-light FAF had the highest sensitivity for the diagnosis of ODD, whereas blue-light FAF and NIR images provided more information regarding the severity, location, depth, and size of ODD. In eyes that are negative on green-light FAF, EDI-OCT should be performed and provides the highest-resolution characterization of the entire optic disc to assess or rule out ODD.

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