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 meth-ods 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.
- deep learning
- diabetic macular edema
- optical coherence tomography segmentation
- visual acuity