Purpose: To determine the validity of covering a corneal contact transducer probe with cling film as protection against the transmission of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Methods: The anterior chamber depth, lens thickness and vitreous chamber depth of the right eyes of 10 subjects was recorded, under cycloplegia, with and without cling film covering over the transducer probe of a Storz Omega Compu-scan Biometric Ruler. Measurements were repeated on two occasions. Results: Cling film covering did not influence bias or repeatability. Although the 95% limits of agreement between measurements made with and without cling film covering tended to exceed the intrasessional repeatability, they did not exceed the intersessional repeatability of measurements taken without cling film. Conclusions: The results support the use of cling film as a disposable covering for corneal contact A-scan ultrasonography to avoid the risk of spreading CJD from one subject to another. © 2003 The College of Optometrists.
- a-scan ultrasonography
- Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease