About this Research Topic
Uveitis is a group of heterogeneous diseases that are characterized by intraocular inflammation. Broadly, two main pathogenic groups arise: non-infectious and infectious uveitis. Uveitis may be a manifestation of a systemic disease (i.e.: Behçet’s disease or Syphilis) or an exclusively ocular inflammatory entity (i.e. Birdshot chorioretinopathy). In posterior uveitis, the main location of inflammation in the retina, choroid, and/or retinal vessels and visual impairment is more probable in this setting.
Great advances have occurred in the field of imaging of posterior uveitis in recent years. New imaging modalities have made possible both: a better understanding of the pathogenesis of the diseases and a more accurate assessment of the level of inflammation and, hence, it has contributed to an improvement in the patients’ management.
Multimodal imaging, that is, the use of several techniques like conventional fluorescein angiography (FAG), Fundus autofluorescence, Indocyanine green angiography (IGC), near-infrared imaging, Structural Optical coherence tomography (OCT), OCT-Angiography, and Widefield angiographic techniques to evaluate patients with uveitis has become an essential task in the clinics. Each of the techniques provides valuable and complementary clinical data that allows a global assessment of the inflammatory activity of every case.
However, although there is no doubt about the current beneficial impact of multimodal imaging in the management of patients, it is also true that knowledge of all the potentiality of these tools is not complete. More clinical research is needed in order to get the greatest benefit from multimodal imaging. We believe that the Research Topic “Multimodal imaging in Uveitis” will be of great interest for many potential authors and will allow gathering an important number of studies that will result for sure in the progress of this field.
Keywords: Uveitis, optical coherence tomography, multimodal imaging, optical coherence tomography-angiography, fundus autofluorescence
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