Clinical Utilisation of Wide-Field Optical Coherence Tomography and Angiography: A Narrative Review

Anne Helene K. Nissen, Anna Stage Vergmann*

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Many important abnormalities of the vitreous, retina and choroid are predominantly located in the peripheral retina. In some retinal diseases with both central and peripheral manifestations, pathological structural or vascular changes can be apparent in the periphery before they are detectable in the central retina. Conventional optical coherence tomography (OCT) and optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) imaging only cover the most posterior 30° of the retina. Wide-field OCT (WF-OCT), though offering detailed cross-sectional imaging of the peripheral retina, is not yet systematically used in clinical practice. This narrative review provides a presentation of the utilisation of WF-OCT and WF-OCT-A in the diagnosis and monitoring of a variety of ophthalmological diseases and discusses the advantages and limitations of the technology. With the rapidly developing technology, multiple WF-OCT and WF-OCT-A devices are now commercially available and enable the clinician to obtain scans within a field of view up to 200°. As detailed in this review, several studies have shown promising results in the application of WF-OCT and WF-OCT-A in diseases of the retina, choroid and vitreous, such as retinal vein occlusion, diabetic retinopathy, ocular oncology, paediatric ophthalmology, uveitis and lesions of the vitreo–retinal interface. In conclusion, WF-OCT and WF-OCT-A can reliably produce high-quality, non-invasive images of the vitreous, retinal, and choroidal structures and vascularity covering the posterior pole as well as the mid and far periphery. These methods can be a valuable part of a multimodal imaging approach in the management of a variety of ocular conditions. Future studies are warranted to investigate the patient outcome benefits of implementation of WF-OCT and WF-OCT-A imaging in a real-life clinical setting.

Original languageEnglish
JournalOphthalmology and Therapy
Issue number4
Pages (from-to) 903–915
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2024


  • Clinical utilisation
  • Imaging devices
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Optical coherence tomography angiography
  • Peripheral retina
  • Wide-field imaging


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