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Abstract
Abstract

Multifocal VEP Using "VEP-Finder" and "Double Bagging" in Glaucoma Diagnosis

Lindenberg T.1, Peters A.2, Horn F. K.1, Lausen B.2, Korth M.1
1Augenklinik mit Poliklinik, 2Institut für Medizininformatik, Biometrie und Epidemiologie, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg

Purpose: The diagnostic value of multifocal VEP in glaucoma research is still under debate. In several previous studies it is considered as a fully developed tool for clinical applications, while, according to other studies, low specificity, poor signal-to-noise-ratio and interindividual variabilities still inhibit its clinical use. Aim of the present study was to test the mf VEP with the RETIscan system using a cross correlation procedure ("VEP finder") and a new statistical evaluation method ("double-bagging").
Method: We examined 38 patients with glaucomatous visual field losses and 27 normal subjects monocularly, using 4 occipital goldcup-electrodes (cross layout, 4 channels bipolar, 8 cumulative measurements, 77 s each) for VEP recording and a CRT Monitor (chequerboard pattern reversal, 60 segments in dartboard-layout) for stimulation. The data of the 60 segments were cross-correlated by the RETIscan with a empirically based VEP norm, combined in 16 sectors and evaluated via double-bagging and ROC analysis.
Results: Based on a specificity of 71% the sensitivity reached 68% with the conventional statistical method (ROC analysis) and 75% with the double-bagging, if both methods were applied to the cross


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