The Interactive Digital Atlas of Retinal Disease
Edited by Dr Salmaan H Al-Qureshi
Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital
Centre for Eye Research Australia, University of Melbourne.
The Interactive Digital Atlas of Retinal Disease contains over 2,500 high resolution digital retinal images (colour photographs, ICG and fluorescein retinal angiograms, autofluorescence and optical coherence tomograms of retinal diseases). These images are taken from the latest digital retinal photography cameras, and are much higher resolution than most retinal textbook images which are lower resolution digital reproductions of film slides.
The cases are arranged alphabetically by diagnosis, with images in each case ordered sequentially from colour, red free to angiograms and (selected) OCT. The images can be enlarged to allow detailed examination of microscopic pathologies and can be manipulated with one's fingertips. Images can be used for lectures, clinical instruction and patient counselling.
The Atlas includes a selection of the best cases presented at the famous "Angiogram Meeting" at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Clinical cases have been chosen to reflect both the classic appearance of a disease/disorder as well as the full diversity of phenotypic expression of that particular disorder. This allows the user to understand the spectrum of disease appearance and behaviour.
Selected disorders are shown prior to and after treatment with laser photocoagulation anti-VEGF therapy, photodynamic therapy etc.
Each specific diagnosis is linked to Pubmed, allowing the user to search the latest peer-reviewed literature from within the application.
The Interactive Digital Atlas of Retinal Disease is an ideal clinical companion for ophthalmologists, optometrists, visual scientists and medical students.
Future updates will be free of charge and over time enhance the functionality and comprehensiveness of the Atlas.
Please be advised however that it is neither the author's intent, nor is it the purpose of this atlas to be a textbook of retinal disease. The Retina Atlas is designed specifically to encourage the user to consult and interrogate the peer- reviewed literature at every stage of the learning process. We believe that this ultimately makes the Atlas more useful and allows the user to track the evolution of the understanding of disease aetiology and treatment over time. This is superior model of learning for health professionals than classical textbooks, that offer disease perspectives that cannot be modified to reflect the evolving understanding of disease.