|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2022 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 272
Reply to Letter to Editor: Water-Drinking Test in Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
Niroj Kumar Sahoo1, Jay Chhablani2
1 Anant Bajaj Retina Institute, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Kode Venkatadri Chowdary Campus, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 UPMC Eye Centre, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
|Date of Submission||11-May-2022|
|Date of Acceptance||24-May-2022|
|Date of Web Publication||26-Jul-2022|
UPMC Eye Center, University of Pittsburgh, 203 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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|How to cite this article:|
Sahoo NK, Chhablani J. Reply to Letter to Editor: Water-Drinking Test in Central Serous Chorioretinopathy. J Curr Ophthalmol 2022;34:272
We thank the authors for their comments regarding our article entitled, “Water-Drinking Test in Central Serous Chorioretinopathy”.
The issue of “blooming effect” is one of the major concerns in the analyses of images having several shades of the grayscale. Moreover, as pointed out by the authors, the issue can appear alike in ultrasound and optical coherence tomography B-scan images. However, the choroidal vascularity index calculation has undergone many modifications since its inception, from segmenting and binarizing it manually using ImageJ software (ImageJ version 1.53, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA) to using automated algorithms, which is faster and more accurate. The automated process involves several steps that refine the image before the actual process of binarization. This includes a preprocessing of the image by denoising using block-matching and three-dimensional filtering, followed by adaptive histogram equalization to improve image contrast. The next step is usually an exponential and nonlinear enhancement, which ensures uniform distribution of pixel intensities among stroma and vessel regions. These steps minimize the blooming effect to some extent. Furthermore, the application of an automated algorithm allows for the implementation of similar steps for each image every time the algorithm is run. This makes the amplification or error due to the blooming effect similar for each image and makes pre- and post-measurements more comparable.
While we understand the authors' concerns regarding the shortcomings of the overall process of binarization in biological tissues with small dimensions, the index was devised to understand the choroidal dynamics better and should be taken as a steppingstone in the evolution of choroidal imaging, rather than a definitive final checkpoint.
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