Automatic Segmentation of Retinal Fluid and Photoreceptor Layer from Optical Coherence Tomography Images of Diabetic Macular Edema Patients Using Deep Learning and Associations with Visual Acuity


Hsu Huan-Yu,Chou Yu-Bai,Jheng Ying-ChunORCID,Kao Zih-KaiORCID,Huang Hsin-Yi,Chen Hung-RueiORCID,Hwang De-KuangORCID,Chen Shih-Jen,Chiou Shih-Hwa,Wu Yu-Te


Diabetic macular edema (DME) is a highly common cause of vision loss in patients with diabetes. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is crucial in classifying DME and tracking the results of DME treatment. The presence of intraretinal cystoid fluid (IRC) and subretinal fluid (SRF) and the disruption of the ellipsoid zone (EZ), which is part of the photoreceptor layer, are three crucial factors affecting the best corrected visual acuity (BCVA). However, the manual segmentation of retinal fluid and the EZ from retinal OCT images is laborious and time-consuming. Current methods focus only on the segmentation of retinal features, lacking a correlation with visual acuity. Therefore, we proposed a modified U-net, a deep learning algorithm, to segment these features from OCT images of patients with DME. We also correlated these features with visual acuity. The IRC, SRF, and EZ of the OCT retinal images were manually labeled and checked by doctors. We trained the modified U-net model on these labeled images. Our model achieved Sørensen–Dice coefficients of 0.80 and 0.89 for IRC and SRF, respectively. The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC) for EZ disruption was 0.88. Linear regression indicated that EZ disruption was the factor most strongly correlated with BCVA. This finding agrees with that of previous studies on OCT images. Thus, we demonstrate that our segmentation network can be feasibly applied to OCT image segmentation and assist physicians in assessing the severity of the disease.


Brain Research Center of National Yang-Ming University

Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan

National Health Research Institutes




General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology,Medicine (miscellaneous)







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