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Evaluation of the high specificity Screening Program (C-20-1) of the Frequency Doubling Technology (FDT) perimeter in clinical practice

North, R. V., Jones, A. L., Hunter, E., Morgan, James Edwards and Wild, J. M. 2006. Evaluation of the high specificity Screening Program (C-20-1) of the Frequency Doubling Technology (FDT) perimeter in clinical practice. Eye 20 (6) , pp. 681-687. 10.1038/sj.eye.6701946

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AIMS: To compare the efficacy of the high specificity Frequency Doubling Technology (FDT) Perimeter Screening Program (C-20-1) to standard threshold automated perimetry in the diagnosis of open-angle glaucoma. METHODS: A total of 100 consecutively presenting patients attending a glaucoma clinic who volunteered for the study (approximately 30% of whom were attending for an initial visit) were examined with the FDT C-20-1 Screening Program and with the Humphrey Field Analyzer (HFA) SITA Fast algorithm and Program 24-2. RESULTS: Of the patients, 17 were excluded due to unreliable visual field results or non-glaucomatous ocular abnormalities. In all, 10 patients were diagnosed as normal, 54 with open-angle glaucoma, eight with ocular hypertension, and 11 as glaucoma suspects. Of the 54 glaucomatous patients, 45 exhibited high-tension glaucoma and nine normal tension glaucoma. Perimetry with the HFA gave a sensitivity of 81.5% for the combined category of glaucoma and glaucoma suspect and a specificity of 83.3% for the combined category of normal and ocular hypertension. Perimetry with the FDT gave a sensitivity of 74.5% and a specificity of 85.2% compared to that of the HFA. CONCLUSION: In the detection of glaucoma, Program C-20-1 of the FDT perimeter exhibits high specificity. It exhibits low sensitivity for the detection of mild loss but high sensitivity for advanced field loss relative to Program 24-2 and the SITA Fast algorithm of the HFA.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Optometry and Vision Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 0950-222X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:43

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