U.3.2.2 Macular Exam

The macula is located roughly in the center of the retina, temporal to the optic nerve.  It is a small and highly sensitive part of the retina responsible for detailed central vision. Many common ophthalmic diseases affect the macula, frequently impacting the thickness of different layers in the macula. A series of scans through the macula can be used to assess those layers (see Figure U.3-4).

A study may contain a series of B-scans. A fundus image showing the scan location(s) on the retina may be associated with one or more B-scans. In the Figure, the corresponding fundus photograph is in the upper left.


Figure U.3-4 Example of a macular scan showing a series of B-scans collected at six different angles