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OCT in Central Nervous System Diseases
The Eye as a Window to the Brain
This book reviews recent important advances in the use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) in order to analyze neurodegeneration within the retina through the quantification of axonal loss. Detailed information is provided on the role of OCT as a promising tool for the evaluation of disease progression in numerous neurodegenerative disorders and as a biological marker of neuroaxonal injury. The disorders considered include multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, intracranial hypertension, Friedreich's ataxia, schizophrenia, hereditary optic neuropathies, glaucoma, and amblyopia. Individual chapters are also devoted to OCT technique, new OCT technology in neuro-ophthalmology, OCT and pharmacological treatment, and the use of OCT in animal models. By documenting the ability of OCT to provide key information on CNS diseases, this book illustrates convincingly that the eye is indeed the "window to the brain".
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"The book is useful for all (neuro)ophthalmologists, and neurologists interested in the optic neuropathies and more generalized neurodegeneration. ... OCT technology enables accurate measurement of the important retinal structures involved in CNS diseases, and the present book helps the reader to find his/her way through the important findings based on OCT studies. These findings are certainly helpful in the diagnostic work-up of these patients, but perhaps as yet are not sensitive enough." (Frank Verbraak, Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, Vol. 255, 2017)