The aim of this study was to verify the correlation between mean blur rate (MBR) obtained with CCD-equipped laser speckle flowgraphy (LSFG) and capillary blood flow (CBF) obtained by the hydrogen gas clearance method in rabbit optic nerve head (ONH). Using Japanese white rabbits under systemic anesthesia, a hydrogen electrode was inserted an area of the ONH free from superficial capillaries. MBR was measured with LSFG near the hydrogen electrode. CBF and MBR were measured in the range of 32.4-83.5 mL/min/100 g and 3.5-6.0, respectively. MBR and CBF were significantly correlated (r = 0.73, P < 0.01, n = 14). After inhalation of carbon dioxide (CO2) or intravenous administration of endothelin-1 (ET-1), MBR and CBF were changed in the relative range of 0.74-1.27 and 0.76-1.35, respectively. The relative changes in MBR and CBF induced by CO2 and ET-1 were also significantly correlated (r = 0.67, P < 0.01). The current results suggest that MBR may correlate with CBF and also change with CBF, as an index of blood flow in the ONH, linearly.
- Capillary blood flow
- Hydrogen gas clearance method
- Laser speckle flowgraphy
- Mean blur rate
- Optic nerve head