Nicholas G. Dowell1, Edward H. Hughes2, Paul S. Tofts1
1Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre, Brighton & Sussex Medical School, Brighton, Sussex, United Kingdom; 2Sussex Eye Hospital, Brighton, Sussex, United Kingdom
A new technique is presented that precisely measures T1 (within subject variability ~40 ms) and hence pO2 (precision ~8 mmHg) in the human eye. A pixel-by-pixel calculation of T1 allows the measurement of a T1 and pO2 gradient through the eye that gives useful information about regional variation in oxygenation. We overcome the difficulties of eye movement and image distortion by employing an audio/visual cue for participants and through the careful implementation of the TrueFISP acquisition sequence. This new method of assessing oxygen concentration of the eye will benefit the study of a range of eye conditions such as retinopathy or assessing the therapeutic value of surgical procedures such as vitrectomy (removal and replacement of vitreous humour).