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Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 1999 Jul 1;44(4):887-90.

Diode-light transillumination for ophthalmic plaque localization around juxtapapillary choroidal melanomas.

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The Ocular Tumor Service, Department of Ophthalmology, The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, USA.



An evaluation of plaque-mounted diode-light transillumination (DLT) for localization of episcleral plaques beneath juxtapapillary tumors.


Two patients scheduled for radiotherapy for juxtapapillary melanomas were offered DLT as an additional method of ophthalmic plaque localization. Plaques were constructed by affixing 4 non-heat producing, light-emitting diodes with their apertures flush with the episcleral outer surface of the plaque's rim. Bio-implantable epoxy was used to encapsulate the electronic components. Then the plaques were loaded with 103Pd seeds. After the eye-plaques were sewn to the episclera covering the base of the intraocular tumors; the diode-lights were illuminated, viewed and recorded. Photodocumentation of the relative position of the 4 lights around tumor's base was obtained in both cases.


Digital images of plaque-mounted diode retro-transillumination were obtained. No evidence of diode-light toxicity was noted. Both tumors were found to be covered by the ophthalmic plaques.


Juxtapapillary tumors are often difficult or impossible to visualize with standard transillumination techniques and have been associated with poor local control rates. We have developed plaque-mounted DLT in an effort to improve ophthalmic plaque localization. Retrobulbar transillumination was viewed by indirect ophthalmoscopy and recorded with video-imaging. This technique provides unique photographic documentation of episcleral plaque localization beneath juxtapapillary tumors.

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