A semi-automated machine-learning based workflow for ellipsoid zone analysis in eyes with macular edema: SCORE2 pilot study

Tyler Etheridge, Ellen T.A. Dobson, Marcel Wiedenmann, Chandana Papudesu, Ingrid U. Scott, Michael S. Ip, Kevin W. Eliceiri, Barbara A. Blodi, Amitha Domalpally

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Background and objective To develop a semi-automated, machine-learning based workflow to evaluate the ellipsoid zone (EZ) assessed by spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) in eyes with macular edema secondary to central retinal or hemi-retinal vein occlusion in SCORE2 treated with anti-vascular endothelial growth factor agents. Methods SD-OCT macular volume scans of a randomly selected subset of 75 SCORE2 study eyes were converted to the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) format, and the EZ layer was segmented using nonproprietary software. Segmented layer coordinates were exported and used to generate en face EZ thickness maps. Within the central subfield, the area of EZ defect was measured using manual and semi-automated approaches via a customized workflow in the open-source data analytics platform, Konstanz Information Miner (KNIME). Results A total of 184 volume scans from 74 study eyes were analyzed. The mean±SD area of EZ defect was similar between manual (0.19±0.22 mm2) and semi-automated measurements (0.19±0.21 mm2, p = 0.93; intra-class correlation coefficient = 0.90; average bias = 0.01, 95% confidence interval of limits of agreement -0.18–0.20). Conclusions A customized workflow generated via an open-source data analytics platform that applied machine-learning methods demonstrated reliable measurements of EZ area defect from en face thickness maps. The result of our semi-automated approach were comparable to manual measurements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0232494
JournalPloS one
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General

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    Etheridge, T., Dobson, E. T. A., Wiedenmann, M., Papudesu, C., Scott, I. U., Ip, M. S., Eliceiri, K. W., Blodi, B. A., & Domalpally, A. (2020). A semi-automated machine-learning based workflow for ellipsoid zone analysis in eyes with macular edema: SCORE2 pilot study. PloS one, 15(4), [e0232494]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0232494