Optimization of 125I ophthalmic plaque brachytherapy

Med Phys. 1990 Nov-Dec;17(6):1053-7. doi: 10.1118/1.596585.


Episcleral plaques containing 125I sources are often used in the treatment of ocular melanoma. Within four years post-treatment, however, the majority of patients experience some visual loss due to radiation retinopathy. The high incidence of late complications suggests that careful treatment optimization may lead to improved outcome. The goal of optimization would be to reduce the magnitude of vision-limiting complications without compromising tumor control. We have developed a three-dimensional computer model for ophthalmic plaque therapy which permits us to explore the potential of various optimization strategies. One simple strategy which shows promise is to maximize the ratio of dose to the tumor apex (T) compared to dose to the macula (M). By modifying the parameters of source location, activity distribution, source orientation, and shielding we find that the calculated T:M ratio can be varied by a factor of 2 for a common plaque design and posterior tumor location. Margins and dose to the tumor volume remain essentially unchanged.

MeSH terms

  • Biophysical Phenomena
  • Biophysics
  • Brachytherapy / adverse effects
  • Brachytherapy / methods*
  • Computer Simulation
  • Eye Neoplasms / radiotherapy*
  • Humans
  • Iodine Radioisotopes / adverse effects
  • Iodine Radioisotopes / therapeutic use*
  • Melanoma / radiotherapy*
  • Models, Structural
  • Radiotherapy Dosage
  • Radiotherapy Planning, Computer-Assisted
  • Retina / radiation effects
  • Vision, Ocular / radiation effects


  • Iodine Radioisotopes