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Near-infrared transillumination photography of intraocular tumours
  1. Jørgen Krohn1,2,
  2. Erlend Ulltang2,
  3. Bård Kjersem2
  1. 1Department of Clinical Medicine, Section of Ophthalmology, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
  2. 2Department of Ophthalmology, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway
  1. Correspondence to Professor Jørgen Krohn, Department of Ophthalmology, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen N-5021, Norway; jorgen.krohn{at}


Purpose To present a technique for near-infrared transillumination imaging of intraocular tumours based on the modifications of a conventional digital slit lamp camera system.

Methods The Haag-Streit Photo-Slit Lamp BX 900 (Haag-Streit AG) was used for transillumination photography by gently pressing the tip of the background illumination cable against the surface of the patient's eye. Thus the light from the flash unit was transmitted into the eye, leading to improved illumination and image resolution. The modification for near-infrared photography was done by replacing the original camera with a Canon EOS 30D (Canon Inc) converted by Advanced Camera Services Ltd. In this camera, the infrared blocking filter was exchanged for a 720 nm long-pass filter, so that the near-infrared part of the spectrum was recorded by the sensor.

Results The technique was applied in eight patients: three with anterior choroidal melanoma, three with ciliary body melanoma and two with ocular pigment alterations. The good diagnostic quality of the photographs made it possible to evaluate the exact location and extent of the lesions in relation to pigmented intraocular landmarks such as the ora serrata and ciliary body. The photographic procedure did not lead to any complications.

Conclusions We recommend near-infrared transillumination photography as a supplementary diagnostic tool for the evaluation and documentation of anteriorly located intraocular tumours.

  • Imaging
  • Neoplasia
  • Pathology
  • Choroid
  • Ciliary body

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