Journal article

Imaging relative stasis of the blood column in human retinal capillaries

Phillip Bedggood, Andrew Metha

BIOMEDICAL OPTICS EXPRESS | OPTICAL SOC AMER | Published : 2019

Abstract

Capillary flow largely consists of alternating red cells and plasma whose speed oscillates predictably with the cardiac cycle. Superimposed on this regular background are sporadic events potentially disruptive to capillary exchange: the passage of white cells, aggregates of red cells, epochs of sparse haematocrit, or unusually slow flow. Such events are not readily differentiated with velocimetry or perfusion mapping. Here we propose a method to identify these phenomena in retinal capillaries imaged with high frame-rate adaptive optics, by calculating and representing pictorially the autocorrelation of intensity through time at each pixel during short epochs. The phenomena described above ma..

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