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    Ultra-widefield imaging adds value for telehealth programs

    Comparative study shows benefit for increased detection of peripheral retinal pathology

     

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    A retrospective cohort study found a significantly higher rate of detection of nondiabetic retinopathy findings using ultra-widefield retinal imaging compared with nonmydriatic fundus photography.

     

    Boston—Results of a study—comparing nonmydriatic ultra-widefield imaging (UWFI) with nonmydriatic fundus photography (NMFP)—further support the idea that UWFI is a useful tool for diabetes ocular telehealth programs, according to investigators.

    “We have previously reported that UWFI offers increased efficiency benefits and ability to detect diabetic retinal disease compared with NMFP,” said Paolo Antonio S. Silva, MD, assistant chief of telemedicine, Beetham Eye Institute, Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston.

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    “However, as we found in this study, patients with diabetes may have other retinal conditions whether or not they have diabetic retinopathy,” Dr. Silva said. “It is important to be able to identify these pathologies to ensure patients receive the appropriate referrals for eye care.”

    The results of this study indicate UWFI can meet that need, and because it allows for evaluation of a greater area of the retina, its use allows for increased detection of lesions that are typically located outside the field captured with traditional nonmydriatic imaging, according to Dr. Silva.

     

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