Retinal Vascular Reactivity as Assessed by Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography

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Summary

This article describes a method for measuring retinal vasculature reactivity in vivo with human subjects using a gas breathing provocation technique to deliver vasoactive stimuli while acquiring retinal images.

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Kushner-Lenhoff, S., Ashimatey, B. S., Kashani, A. H. Retinal Vascular Reactivity as Assessed by Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography. J. Vis. Exp. (157), e60948, doi:10.3791/60948 (2020).

Abstract

The vascular supply to the retina has been shown to dynamically adapt through vasoconstriction and vasodilation to accommodate the metabolic demands of the retina. This process, referred to as retinal vascular reactivity (RVR), is mediated by neurovascular coupling, which is impaired very early in retinal vascular diseases such as diabetic retinopathy. Therefore, a clinically feasible method of assessing vascular function may be of significant interest in both research and clinical settings. Recently, in vivo imaging of the retinal vasculature at the capillary level has been made possible by the FDA approval of optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA), a noninvasive, minimal risk and dyeless angiography method with capillary level resolution. Concurrently, physiological and pathological changes in RVR have been shown by several investigators. The method shown in this manuscript is designed to investigate RVR using OCTA with no need for alterations to the clinical imaging procedures or device. It demonstrates real time imaging of the retina and retinal vasculature during exposure to hypercapnic or hyperoxic conditions. The exam is easily performed with two personnel in under 30 min with minimal subject discomfort or risk. This method is adaptable to other ophthalmic imaging devices and the applications may vary based on the composition of the gas mixture and patient population. A strength of this method is that it allows for an investigation of retinal vascular function at the capillary level in human subjects in vivo. Limitations of this method are largely those of OCTA and other retinal imaging methods including imaging artifacts and a restricted dynamic range. The results obtained from the method are OCT and OCTA images of the retina. These images are amenable to any analysis that is possible on commercially available OCT or OCTA devices. The general method, however, can be adapted to any form of ophthalmic imaging.

Introduction

The metabolic demand of the retina is dependent on an adequate and constant supply of oxygen provided by a well-regulated system of arterioles, capillaries and venules1. Several studies have demonstrated that the function of larger caliber human retinal vessels can be assessed in vivo with various physiologic2,3,4,5 and pharmacologic6,7 stimuli. In addition, abnormal function of this vascular system is common in retinal vascular diseases such as diabetic retinopathy where retinal vascular reactivity (RVR) has been shown to be attenuated even in its earliest stages8,9 through both gas provocation9 and flickering light experiments5,10,11. Retinal vascular risk factors such as smoking have also been correlated with impaired RVR12 and retinal blood flow13. These findings are important since the clinical symptoms of retinal vascular disease occur relatively late in the disease process and proven early clinical markers of disease are lacking14. Thus, assessing RVR can provide useful measures of vascular integrity for the early assessment of abnormalities that can initiate or exacerbate retinal degenerative diseases.

Previous RVR experiments have usually relied upon devices such as a laser blood flowmeter9 or fundus cameras equipped with special filters15 for retinal image acquisition. However, these technologies are optimized for larger diameter vessels such as arterioles16 and venules15, which are not where gas, micronutrient and molecular exchange occur. A more recent study was able to quantify the RVR of capillaries using adaptive optics imaging17, but despite the improved spatial resolution, these images have a smaller field size and are not FDA approved for clinical use18.

The recent advent of optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) has provided an FDA approved, noninvasive and dyeless angiographic method of assessing capillary level changes in human patients and subjects in vivo. OCTA is widely accepted in clinical practice as an effective tool for assessing impairment in capillary perfusion in retinal vascular diseases such as diabetic retinopathy19, retinal venous occlusions20, vasculitis21 and many others22. OCTA therefore provides an excellent opportunity for the evaluation of capillary level changes, which can have significant spatial and temporal heterogeneity23 as well as pathologic changes, in a clinical setting. Our group recently demonstrated that OCTA can be used to quantify the responsiveness of retinal vessels at the capillary level2 to physiologic changes in inspired oxygen, which is a retinal vasoconstrictive stimulus16,24, and carbon dioxide, which is a retinal vasodilatory stimulus3,5.

The goal of this article is to describe a protocol that will allow the reader to assess the retinal vascular reactivity of the smaller arterioles and capillary bed using OCTA. The methods are adapted from those presented in Lu et al.25 who described the measurement of cerebrovascular reactivity with magnetic resonance imaging. Although the present methods were developed and used during OCTA imaging2, they are applicable to other retinal imaging devices with relatively simple and obvious modifications.

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Protocol

This study was approved by the University of Southern California Institutional Review Board and adhered to the tenets of the Declaration of Helsinki.

1. Setup of Gas Non-rebreathing Apparatus

Figure 1
Figure 1: Diagram of the non-rebreathing apparatus. The full setup has been broken into three separate units according to their function and the frequency with which they are dealt with independently. These include: the Air-Control Unit, the Non-rebreathing Unit, and the Subject/Imaging Device Unit Please click here to view a larger version of this figure.

  1. Apparatus assembly
    1. Connect the Douglas bag (Figure 1, #1) to the three-way valve (#3) at a selective inlet port via the 35 mm inner-diameter tube (#2; see Table of Materials) with adapter (#2*). This combination will be called the “Air Control Unit” as shown in Figure 1.
    2. Connect the two-way non-rebreathing valve (#6) to the elbow joint connector (#7) at the non-rebreathing valve’s mouth port. Form the connection using a rubber tube (#5) fitted with an adapter (#4).
    3. Connect the elbow joint to the gas delivery tubing (#8). This setup, including the non-rebreathing valve (#6), in-house tubing (#5), adapters (#4), elbow joint (#7), and gas delivery tubing (#8) will be called the “Non-rebreathing Unit”.
      NOTE: Minimize the amount of dead space between the subject’s mouth and the diaphragm of the two-way non-rebreathing valve (#6).
    4. Connect the Air Control Unit at the outlet port of the three-way valve (#3) to the Non-rebreathing Unit at the inlet port of the two-way non-rebreathing valve (#6). Make the connection using additional rubber tubing (#5) and adapters (#4) as those described earlier that allow the pieces to be inserted into one another.
    5. Seal all loose connections by wrapping the joints with sealing tape to ensure a hermetic fit.
    6. Connect the gas delivery tubing (#8) at its open end to a mouthpiece (#9) as shown in the Subject/Imaging Device Unit of Figure 1.
      NOTE: This step (1.1.6) can be deferred until the subject testing is ready to begin (Step 3.5).
  2. Preparation of the Air Control Unit for gas non-rebreathing
    1. Isolate the Air Control Unit by disconnecting it from any in-house tubing (#5) or adapters (#4) if it is not already separated.
    2. Ensure the Douglas bag (#1) is empty or empty the Douglas bag (#1) of any air by systematically rolling-up the bag from the distal end towards the bag’s inlet port with the three-way valve (#3) set to Configuration 1 as shown in Figure 1.
    3. Fill the Douglas bag (#1) with the appropriate gas mixture.
      1. If only room-air non-rebreathing is intended, set the three-way valve to Configuration 2 (shown in Figure 1) and do not fill the Douglas bag (#1). Otherwise continue with the steps that comprise Step 1.2.3.
      2. Connect the Air Control Unit (shown in Figure 1) at the outlet port of the three-way valve (#3) to a gas-cylinder (containing the desired air-mixture) using the appropriate adapters and tubing. Use a cuff adapter to mount a 1/8” gas filling tube to the outer diameter of the three-way valve (#3).
      3. Set the three-way valve assembly to Configuration 1 (as shown in Figure 1) to allow the intended gas to flow from the storage cylinder into the Douglas bag (#1). Open the gas cylinder.
      4. Once the Douglas bag (#1) is filled to the intended volume (usually half-filled), close the gas cylinder outlet and set the three-way valve to Configuration 2, which isolates the gas within the Douglas bag (#1). Disconnect the Air Control Unit from any tubing used to fill the Douglas bag (#1).

2. Preparing the Subject for Imaging

  1. After the subject consents to participate in the study, sit the subject behind the OCTA imaging device. Explain the testing procedures to the subject.
  2. Confirm the subject’s medical history to ensure that the subject has no existing medical conditions that increase the risk of participating in the study.
    NOTE: Pre-existing cardiovascular or pulmonary diseases are risk factors for which subjects may be excluded from participating. It is essential that the subject understand that they can stop the procedure at any time for any reason such as feeling lightheaded or some additional unexpected discomfort.
  3. Determine the eye to be assessed as per the testing protocol. One eye only may be imaged to limit the testing time and minimize the potential discomforts from the gas non-rebreathing.
  4. Consider eye dilation if the subject has a pupil size of about 2.5 mm or less. Although dilation is not mandatory, it enhances the chances of acquiring good quality images. To dilate, instill one drop each of 0.5% proparacaine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution, 1% tropicamide ophthalmic solution and 2.5% phenylephrine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution. Full dilation should occur within 10–15 min.

3. Gas Provocation Experiment and Image Acquisition

  1. Create a profile for the patient in the OCTA machine.
  2. Wear gloves.
  3. Wipe down the OCTA head and chin rest with an alcohol swab to disinfect the setup.
  4. Free the mouthpiece (#9) from its sterile packaging.
    NOTE: Refrain from touching the mouthpiece as much as possible as this component makes direct contact with the mucus lining of the mouth of the subject
  5. Connect the mouthpiece (#9) to gas delivery tubing (#8)
  6. Place a pulse oximeter on the subjects’ finger and begin monitoring oxygen saturation levels and pulse.
    NOTE: Once the subject begins breathing the desired air mixture, the pulse oximeter should be continuously monitored by the examiner. If the oxygen saturation of the subject drops below 94%, the experiment should be stopped, as a safety precaution, and the subject observed until they return to baseline.
  7. Adjust the height of the OCTA setup so that the subject can easily rest their chin on the chinrest (#11) without overextending or flexing their neck.
  8. Loop the gas delivery tubing (#8) with mouthpiece (#9) attachment through the head and chin rest with the mouthpiece (#9) facing the patient. Have the tubing loop through the machine oppposite the side of the eye that the subject is having imaged.
  9. Insert the mouthpiece into the patient’s mouth. Encourage the subject to practice breathing through the non-rebreathing setup to create familiarity with the apparatus. Ensure the subject takes deep breathes to facilitate gas exchange.
  10. Place the nose clip (#10) on the subject to ensure they are breathing through the mouthpiece.
  11. Keep the three-way valve on Configuration 2 or change it to Configuration 1 depending on whether images are being acquired for exposure to room air or a specific gas mixture, respectively. For future reference, note the time as the start of gas inhalation.
  12. Have the subject place their chin on the right or left section of the chinrest (#11) according to the eye selected for imaging.
  13. Ensure they move their head forward until their forehead is in firm contact with the headrest (#11).
  14. Capture the OCTA scan of interest as determined by the testing protocol. In this study, three 3 mm x 3 mm images centered on the fovea were captured after 1 min of gas breathing.
    1. Have the subject keep their head facing forward and still while fixating on the target in the center of their view
    2. In the live image seen in the iris view, center the scan.
    3. Bring the iris into focus by moving the chinrest in or out using the left-right arrows.
    4. Make sure the foveal dip is centered in the OCT scan, which should occur by default.
    5. Take an image. Scanning will usually last several seconds on an OCTA machine.
    6. View the OCTA image after the completion of the scan and ensure it is of adequate quality. Signal strength should be a 7 or better on a 10-point scale provided by the OCTA manufacturer.
    7. Select save or rescan the eye.
    8. Repeat steps 3.14.1–3.14.7 for as many scans are desired.
    9. Allow the subject to sit back from the machine. Remove the nose clip (#10) and the mouthpiece (#9) when no more scans of the eye with this gas mixture are needed.
  15. Allow subjects a 2 min break before starting CO2 gas provocation experiments.
  16. Fill the Douglas bag with the first desired air mixture (consisting of 5% CO2, 21% oxygen and 74% nitrogen) as specified in step 1.2. The three-way valve will be in Configuration 2 after this step.
  17. Complete gas non-rebreathing apparatus setup by connecting the Air Control Unit to the Non-rebreathing Unit as shown in Figure 1 and described in step 1.1.4. Make sure all joints are airtight with sealing tape.
  18. Repeat steps 3.9–3.14, but now set the three-way valve to Configuration 1 when directed in step 3.11.
  19. Give subjects a 10 min break after the CO2 gas provocation to allow a return to baseline.
  20. While the subject is on break, fill the Douglas bag with 100% O2 according to step 1.2.
  21. Repeat steps 3.17–3.18 to perform the experiment under 100% O2 gas provocation conditions.

4. Experimental Clean Up

  1. Discard the disposable elements of the setup: the subject’s mouthpiece (#9) and nose clip (#10).
  2. Clean the head and chin rest (#11) using an alcohol swab. Wipe the subject chair, OCTA table and OCTA handles with a disinfectant wipe to remove any errant saliva.
  3. Disconnect the setup into its base components—the Air Control Unit and Non-rebreathing Unit—at the three-way valve (#3).
  4. As no air exhaled from the subject should have reached the elements of the Air Control Unit, empty the Douglas bag according to step 1.2.2 and place in a location for future retrieval. Disconnect the clean-bor tube (#2) with adapter (#2*) and three-way valve (#3) from the Douglas bag if desired for easier storage. This completes the Air Control Unit clean up.
  5. Remove the gas delivery tubing (#8) from the Non-rebreathing Unit by disconnecting it from the elbow joint (#7). Disconnect the in-house rubber tubing (#5) and tubing adapters (#4), from the two-way non-rebreathing valve (#6). Then do the same from the elbow joint (#7) by removing the sealing tape and detaching the parts by pulling them apart.
    NOTE: More extensive cleaning of the two-way non-rebreathing valve may be facilitated by disassembling it to remove the internal diaphragms for additional care.
  6. Prepare a disinfectant bath for cleanup of the reusable components
    1. Fill a container large enough to submerge the gas delivery tubing (#8) with an appropriately diluted and well mixed detergent disinfectant. In this case, dilute the detergent with water to a ratio of 1:6425.
  7. Soak the gas delivery tubing (#8), two-way non-rebreathing valve (#6), elbow joint (#7), in-house rubber tubing (#5) and tubing adapters (#4) in the prepared disinfectant bath for at least 10 min.
  8. Remove all parts after the bath is over and rinse them thoroughly with water.
  9. Place them on a paper towel on a clean countertop to be air-dried.
  10. Once air drying has completed, dispose of the paper towel and place all components away for storage.

5. OCTA Data Export and Analysis

  1. OCTA data export
    1. Export OCTA data by inserting a removable media device of choice into the OCTA computer. Find the subject and scan of interest.
    2. Select Export to create a zip folder containing the subject of interest’s data in a .bmp format on the removable media device.
  2. OCTA data analysis
    1. Organize the OCTA data on a laboratory computer with the ability to perform additional image analysis and processing.
    2. Use a custom script to suppress noise with a global thresholding technique and perform additional feature extraction. Binarize and skeletonize the OCTA images.
    3. On the post-processed images, calculate the vessel skeleton density (VSD)19,26, a dimensionless measure of the total linear length of vessels in an image calculated by the following equation performed on a binarized skeletonized image of the OCTA:
      Equation 1
      where i and j refer to pixel coordinate (i,j), L(i,j) refers to white pixels representing decorrelation, X(i,j) refers to all pixels, and n refers to the dimensions of the pixel array, which can be assumed to be n x n pixels19,26. The denominator of this equation represents the total number of pixels which is calculated as written from the skeletonized image, but can be thought of as representing the physical area of the entire image.

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Representative Results

The output from this experiment consists of the manual readings taken from the pulse oximeter, the timing noted for gas exposure or OCTA scanning and the raw OCTA imaging data. An OCTA image consists of the OCT B-scans and the decorrelation signal associated with each B-scan. The data parameters are given by the specifications of the device. A swept source laser platform OCTA machine with a central wavelength of 1040–1060 nm was used. The images provide a transverse resolution of 20 µm and optical axial resolution of 6.3 µm. Most often, the OCTA data is presented in a 2D enface format as has been shown in the representative Figure 2. Many metrics exist for quantifying this data in a way that allows for comparisons between subjects and among different conditions. A representative metric, vessel skeleton density (VSD), is shown together with full retinal angiograms in Figure 2. As the capillaries vasoconstrict and vasodilate in response to the gas exposure, the capillary density also changes. Hypercapnic conditions are expected to result in an increase in VSD and hyperoxic conditions are expected to result in a decrease in VSD when compared to room air conditions.

Figure 2
Figure 2: Representative results of vessel skeletal density (VSD) in hyperoxic, room air, and hypercapnic conditions. This graphic shows the 3 mm x 3 mm OCTA angiograms and vessel density findings of a healthy 76 year-old female subject. Row 1 shows a single representative horizontal OCT B-scan through the fovea with decorrelation signal above the retinal pigment epithelium represented by red for each of the gas breathing provocation conditions—100% O2, room air and 5% CO2 respectively. Row 2 consists of a single OCTA enface image constructed from 256 OCTA B-scans, one of which is shown in row 1. Row 3 consists of those same OCTA images in Row 2 after post-processing in which the vessels were binarized and skeletonized. Row 4 consists of a heat map showing VSD calculated locally from the images in row 3. Note that the total VSD and relative number of local VSD hot spots increases as one progresses in the columns from left to right. Please click here to view a larger version of this figure.

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Discussion

The methodology just described is the complete protocol for a gas breathing provocation experiment that allows for the measurement of a subject’s RVR in a controlled environment at specific timepoints with no modifications to the OCTA imaging device and minimal discomfort or risk to the subject. This setup is described in a way that allows for easy modifications to fit the needs of the researcher. It can accommodate additional tubing to fit different clinic rooms and certain elements such as the in-house tubing or elbow joint may be omitted or substituted with other components. Figure 1 shows how the key parts of the setup—the Air Control Unit, Non-rebreathing Unit, and Subject/Imaging Device Unit—interface with each other in one simple connection. Gas mixtures can be easily controlled using the Douglas bag as a reservoir. In addition, supplementary monitors can be added at several points in the setup. For example, the elbow joint contains an optional sampling port which may be used to measure the gases in the subject’s exhalation such as end tidal CO2 for more accurate characterization of the state of the subject’s breathing. The strength of this non-rebreathing apparatus is in its adaptability to both clinic conditions and researcher’s requirements. Though OCTA imaging is used, other imaging modalities could conceivably be implemented with this gas setup.

The order of exposure to gases during testing may be important to not bias the reactivity measures. Studies by Tayyari et al.24 have suggested that a vasoconstrictive state of retinal vessels persisted after the conclusion of a hyperoxic gas challenge and may impact hypercapnic RVR assessment. However, others have shown retinal vessel oxygenation27 and retinal vessel diameter16 both return to baseline within 2.5 min following the cessation of hyperoxic breathing. The duration of the gas provocation is also important. Previous work has shown that vasoconstriction is measurable after 1 min of hyperoxic exposure and that almost all vasoconstriction has occurred after 4–5 min of onset. Vessel diameters will then remain stable with oxygen exposure for over at least 20 min28. In the case of hypercapnic gas provocation, peak effects to the retinal arterial and venous vessel diameters were observed after 3 min of exposure to 5% carbon dioxide conditions4. The method proposed is this study begins imaging after 1 min of gas non-rebreathing because the effect of hypercapnia on cerebral vascular reactivity has been shown to be equivalent at 1 and 4 min, thereby reducing the time necessary for imaging and patient discomfort significantly29.

By using a mouthpiece with a nose clip, this setup may improve upon those experiments using a gas mask. Previous studies inducing hyperoxic conditions using a mouthpiece noted a mean increase in the blood oxygen concentration of retinal arterioles of 2%15 compared with a 5% increase30 when using a mask. However, by adding a nose clip, this method should reduce the potential for subjects to inspire any amount of air through their nose as may have occurred in this previous study. The potential for error in the setup must be balanced with the comfort of the patient and the additional complications of wearing a face mask while using an unmodified OCTA system. These include making space for the mask at the OCTA31 and the potential for gas exchange and mixing in the large space occupied by the mask itself32. One concern regarding the mouthpiece setup is the potential for compounded vasoconstrictive effects on the RVR due to changes in the partial pressure of CO2 (PCO2) during the induction of hyperoxia33. The breathing apparatus may be modified to control this confounding effect by maintaining a constant end tidal partial pressure of carbon dioxide with a sequential rebreathing circuit33,34.

During the testing, patients may feel short of breath when breathing through the tube circuit even though they are oxygenating well. This sensation is potentially due to the increased resistance to gas flow when breathing through tubing. Several steps can be taken to ensure the subject does not become disconcerted or alarmed. First, it is important to minimize the length of dead space between the subject’s mouth and the two-way non-rebreathing valve to minimize rebreathing of gas. Even with a very short segment, subjects can still “feel” like breathing is more difficult. Therefore, it is important to have the subject breathe through the gas non-rebreathing apparatus before the initiation of any data collection to familiarize the subject with the setup. The examiner should remind the subject to breathe slowly and deeply, keep a close eye on the pulse oximetry readings and inform the subject of its findings for reassurance. Also, ensure that the subject can sit comfortably and rest their head easily on the OCTA headrest while the mouthpiece is inserted. This involves directing the mouthpiece tube through and around the OCTA chinrest so that the subject need not bite down with force to keep it in their mouth. Remind the subject to maintain gaze at the fixation target and limit actions that result in eye or head movement, including talking, as these can introduce motion artifacts into the OCTA scans. The subject should be encouraged to withdraw from the experiment if the discomfort from participating in the study goes beyond the barest minimum.

Hypercapnia and hyperoxia are not expected to have a significant effect on mean arterial pressure at the magnitude and duration of gas variation seen in this study especially in hemodynamically normal subjects35,36. However, measurement of blood pressure during gas breathing provocations may be useful if the measurement procedure itself does not confound the study or increase subject anxiety during testing. If the preferred stimuli for assessing the RVR is to increase mean arterial pressure, alternative methods such as the hand-grip test37,38,39 or cold pressor test40, which can more directly and effectively increase a subject’s blood pressure, may be considered.

OCTA allows for good intravisit and intervisit reproducibility in both healthy patients and those with retinopathy with most coefficients of variation for vessel density less than 6%41,42. In a patient population of interest, such as that of diabetic patients, the intersession coefficient of variability for vessel density remained below 6% even at an interval of one month43. Thus, this method could be used to follow the longitudinal changes in RVR. During longitudinal follow-ups, however, it will be important to keep track of the potential confounders to retinal vascular reactivity assessment such as coffee intake44. There may also be a need to be sensitive to diurnal variation which can impact the reactivity depending on the condition and retinal layer being studied45,46,47.

Despite the broad applicability of the method, a few factors need to be considered during patient recruitment. Although this non-rebreathing procedure does not use a hypoxic gas mixture, the increased resistance to respiration through the tube could pose additional risks to those already with obstructive lung diseases including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. For subjects, including those with heart conditions, in which shortness of breath is already a concern, their participation in the study should receive additional scrutiny. In the case of more common vascular diseases including hypertension and diabetes, gas challenge tests have been performed with similar gas compositions in these patient populations in several studies8,9,48, and more recently with the described method2, and there have been no reports of adverse events in these papers.

Furthermore, although OCTA images contain significant information about the function of the retina and many parameters can be computed to quantify the morphology of the capillary bed49,50, as with many other imaging technologies, limitations in interpreting OCTA scans exist. Imaging defects including displacement artifacts, motion artifacts and projection artifacts50 can affect imaging quality. OCTA relies upon flow to detect signal without visualizing the endothelium or vascular wall. As a result, OCTA metrics involve indices that are representative of the intrinsic vascular properties but may not be perfect representations of the microvasculature. Comparisons with histology have shown that the real density of retinal vasculature may be greater than assessed with OCTA51. Additionally, temporal changes in flow within microvessels less than 10–15 µm can cause variation in OCTA image intensity between scans23. This is suspected to be due to flow rates below a minimum detectable velocity.

To conclude, the convenience of the gas exchange setup, the low cost of the materials, and the ability for the method to be applied to a wide variety of ophthalmic imaging devices mean that it will remain relevant to retinal imaging, especially with OCTA systems. By stimulating both a positive and negative RVR response, this setup may also be used to probe retinal vascular disease physiology as well as the limits of the OCTA systems themselves by visualizing those vessels that evade detection using the current technology but are apparent with additional stimulation.

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Disclosures

Carl Zeiss Meditec has provided grant funding, equipment and financial support to AHK related to the topic of this article.

Acknowledgments

This work was supported by NIH K08EY027006, R01EY030564, UH3NS100614, Research Grants from Carl Zeiss Meditec Inc (Dublin, CA) and Unrestricted Department Funding from Research to Prevent Blindness (New York, NY).

Materials

Name Company Catalog Number Comments
5% CO2 gas [5% CO2, 21% O2, 74% N2] (Compressed) Institution Dependent (Praxair)
Bacdown Disinfectant Detergent Decon Labs 8001 https://deconlabs.com/products/disinfectant-bdd/
Clean-Bor Tubes (35 mm Inner Diameter) Vacumed 1011-108 http://www.vacumed.com/zcom/product/Product.do?compid=27&skuid=1197
Cuff adapter for Douglas bag filling Vacumed 22254 http://www.vacumed.com/zcom/product/Product.do?compid=27&prodid=343
Douglas bag (200 L capacity) Harvard Apparatus 500942 https://www.harvardapparatus.com/douglas-bag.html
Elbow Joint (Inner Diameter 19 mm/Outer Diameter 22 mm), Modified in House
Fingertip Pulse Oximeter (Pro-Series) CMS CMS 500DL https://www.walmart.com/ip/Pro-Series-CMS-500DL-Fingertip-Pulse-Oximeter-Blood-Oxygen-Saturation-Monitor-with-silicon-cover-batteries-and-lanyard/479049154
Gas Delivery Tube (22 mm Inner Diameter) Modified in House
Gas filling tube (1/8" for compressed gas)
Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes Clorox Healthcare 30824 https://www.cloroxpro.com/products/clorox-healthcare/hydrogen-peroxide-cleaner-disinfectants/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIk-KG4vi15QIVcRh9Ch0NNwLPEAAYASAAEgJIa_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
Lubricant Eye Drops Refresh Refresh Plus https://www.refreshbrand.com/Products/refresh-plus
Manual Directional Control Valves: Three-Way T-Shape Stopcock Type (Inner Diameter 28.6 mm, Outer Diameter 35 mm) Hans Rudolph 2100C Series www.rudolphkc.com
Medical O2 (Compressed) Institution Dependent
Mouth piece (Silicone, Model #9061) Hans Rudolph 602076 www.rudolphkc.com
OCTA Imaging Device (PLEX Elite 9000) Carl Zeiss Meditec, Dublin, CA, USA https://www.zeiss.com/meditec/int/product-portfolio/optical-coherence-tomography-devices/plex-elite-9000-swept-source-oct.html
Phenylephrine Hydrochloride Ophthalmic Solution, USP 2.5% Paragon Bioteck, Inc NDC 42702-102-15 https://paragonbioteck.com/products/diagnostics/phenylephrine-hydrochloride-ophthalmic-solution-usp-2-5/
Plastic Nose Clip Sterile Foam CS100 Sklar Sterile 96-2951 https://www.sklarcorp.com/disposables/plastic/plastic-nose-clip-sterile-foam-box-of-100.html
Proparacaine Hydrochloride Ophthalmic Solution, USP .5% Bausch + Lomb NDC 24208-730-06 https://www.bausch.com/ecp/our-products/rx-pharmaceuticals/generics
Regulator (tank dependent- 5% CO2: Fisherbrand Mulitstage Gas Cylinder Regulators) Genstar Technologies Company 10575150 https://www.fishersci.com/shop/products/fisherbrand-multistage-cylinder-regulators-22/10575150?keyword=true
Regulator (tank dependent- Oxygen: Fisherbrand Multistage Gas Cylinder Regulators) Genstar Technologies Company 10575145 https://www.fishersci.com/shop/products/fisherbrand-multistage-cylinder-regulators-22/10575145?keyword=true
Rubber Tubing (Inner diameter 19 mm, Outer diameter 27 mm), Made in House
Sealing tape- Parafilm Wrap (2" Wide) Cole Parmer PM992 https://www.coleparmer.com/i/parafilm-pm992-wrap-2-wide-250-ft-roll/0672050?PubID=VV&persist=True&ip=no&gclid=EAIaIQobChMInY3vqomz5QIVfyCtBh1VSg64EAAYASAAEgJ9n_D_BwE
Sterile Alcohol Prep Pads Medline MDS090670 https://www.medline.com/product/Sterile-Alcohol-Prep-Pads/Swab-Pads/Z05-PF03816
Tropicamide Ophthalmic Solution, USP 1% Akorn NDC 17478-102-12 http://www.akorn.com/prod_detail.php?ndc=17478-102-12
Tubing Adapter, Made in House
Two-way non-rebreathing valve (2600 Series- Inner Diameter 28.6 mm, Outer Diameter 35 mm) Hans Rudolph 2600 Series, UM-112078 www.rudolphkc.com

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