AAO 2016
    Comprehensive Ophthalmology

    In this presentation from AAO 2016, James J. Augsburger, MD, the quick answer is no. He discusses the differential diagnosis of anterior segment imaging methods, including

    • All types of imaging (e.g., OCT, MRI, photographs) can distinguish between solid and cystic lesions.
    • Differences of the various available technology, including the resolution and cross-sectional area imaged, penetrance of opaque optical media, availability (and reimbursability) of technology, applicability to certain categories of patients, and the cost.
    • No study has evaluated independent comparative differential diagnostic performance of 2 or more imaging methods in a broad spectrum of lesions.

    In conclusion, he argues that the most relevant information that is pertinent to diagnosis is gathered by looking at the patient (e.g., size, color, associated features).