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April 1997

Comparison of Transillumination and Histologic Slide Measurements of Choroidal Melanoma

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, Tufts/New England Medical Center Hospitals, Boston, Mass (Dr Umlas); the Departments of Biostatistics (Dr Diener-West) and Ophthalmology (Drs Diener-West and Green), The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md; the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Madison (Ms Robinson and Dr Albert) and the Department of Ophthalmology, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga (Dr Grossniklaus).

Arch Ophthalmol. 1997;115(4):474-477. doi:10.1001/archopht.1997.01100150476004

Objective:  To compare transillumination and histologic slide measurements of choroidal melanomas in 479 eyes randomized to enucleation in the Collaborative Ocular Melanoma Study.

Design:  Transillumination defects were measured during gross examination of enucleated eyes. Tumor basal diameter and height were measured on histologic slides and each tumor was assigned to 1 of 8 distinct shape categories. Comparison of the transillumination and histologic slide measurements revealed 3 categories of difference: underestimation (transillumination measurement more than 4 mm smaller than the histologic slide measurement), overestimation (transillumination measurement more than 4 mm larger than the histologic slide measurement), and agreement within 4 mm.

Results:  There was good correlation between transillumination and histologic slide estimates of largest basal diameter, particularly when the basal diameter was 16 mm or less. Measurement discrepancies were related to the shape of the tumors but not to the presence of subretinal fluid or fixation.

Conclusion:  Agreement was high between measurements of transillumination defect and histologic sections.