Automated Segmentability Index for Layer Segmentation of Macular SD-OCT Images

KM Lee, Gabriëlle Buitendijk, H Bogunovic, Henriët Springelkamp, Bert Hofman, A Wahle, M Sonka, Hans Vingerling, Caroline Klaver, MD Abramoff

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Purpose: To automatically identify which spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) scans will provide reliable automated layer segmentations for more accurate layer thickness analyses in population studies. Methods: Six hundred ninety macular SD-OCT image volumes (6.0 x 6.0 x 2.3 mm(3)) were obtained from one eyes of 690 subjects (74.6 +/- 9.7 [mean +/- SD] years, 37.8% of males) randomly selected from the population-based Rotterdam Study. The dataset consisted of 420 OCT volumes with successful automated retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) segmentations obtained from our previously reported graph-based segmentation method and 270 volumes with failed segmentations. To evaluate the reliability of the layer segmentations, we have developed a new metric, segmentability index SI, which is obtained from a random forest regressor based on 12 features using OCT voxel intensities, edge-based costs, and on-surface costs. The SI was compared with well-known quality indices, quality index (QI), and maximum tissue contrast index (mTCI), using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis. Results: The 95% confidence interval (CI) and the area under the curve (AUC) for the QI are 0.621 to 0.805 with AUC 0.713, for the mTCI 0.673 to 0.838 with AUC 0.756, and for the SI 0.784 to 0.920 with AUC 0.852. The SI AUC is significantly larger than either the QI or mTCI AUC (P < 0.01). Conclusions: The segmentability index SI is well suited to identify SD-OCT scans for which successful automated intraretinal layer segmentations can be expected. Translational Relevance: Interpreting the quantification of SD-OCT images requires the underlying segmentation to be reliable, but standard SD-OCT quality metrics do not predict which segmentations are reliable and which are not. The segmentability index SI presented in this study does allow reliable segmentations to be identified, which is important for more accurate layer thickness analyses in research and population studies.
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JournalTranslational Vision Science & Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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  • EMC NIHES-01-64-01
  • EMC OR-01-60-01

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