Purpose: We compared the ability of ophthalmologists to identify neovascularization (NV) in patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy using swept-source optical coherence tomography angiography (SS-OCTA) and fluorescein angiography (FA). Design: Retrospective study comparing diagnostic instruments. Methods: Eyes with proliferative diabetic retinopathy or severe nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy and a high suspicion of NV based on clinical examination were imaged using SS-OCTA and FA at the same visit. Two separate grading sets consisting of scrambled, anonymized SS-OCTA and FA images were created. The ground truth for presence of NV was established by consensus of 2 graders with OCTA experience who did not participate in the subsequent assessment of NV in this study. The 2 anonymized image sets were graded for presence or absence of NV by 12 other graders that included 2 residents, 6 vitreoretinal fellows, and 4 vitreoretinal attending physicians. The percentage of correct grading of NV using SS-OCTA and FA was assessed for each grader and across grader training levels. Results: Forty-seven eyes from 24 patients were included in this study. Overall, the mean percentage of correct NV grading was 87.8% using SS-OCTA with B-scans and 86.2% using FA (P = .92). Assessing each grader individually, there was no statistically significant asymmetry in correct grading using SS-OCTA and FA. Conclusions: Ophthalmologists across training levels were able to identify diabetic NV with equal accuracy using SS-OCTA and FA. Based on these results, SS-OCTA may be an appropriate standalone modality for diagnosing diabetic NV.
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