Pathophysiology of sickle cell disease (SCD) features intermittent vaso-occlusion of microcirculatory networks that facilitate ischemic damage. Past research has, however, relied on static images to characterize this active disease state. This study develops imaging metrics to more fully capture dynamic vascular changes, quantifying intermittent retinal capillary perfusion in unaffected controls and SCD patients using sequential optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) scans. The results reveal significant dynamic variation of capillary perfusion in SCD patients compared to controls. This measurement of vaso-occlusive burden in patients would provide utility in monitoring of the disease state and in evaluating treatment efficacy.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Biomedical Optics Express|
|State||Published - 1 May 2021|