Diagnostic techniques: Autofluorescence

Edoardo Midena, Elisabetta Pilotto, Raffaele Parrozzani

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Autofluorescence is a relatively new, noninvasive diagnostic tool recently introduced in the armamentarium of intraocular tumor diagnosis and characterization. This technique may reveal the effects of choroidal tumors on the overlying retinal pigment epithelium and may also provide specific information on intrinsic pigments that compose and characterize benign and malignant, congenital and acquired chorioretinal lesions. Lipofuscin, melanin, and melanolipofuscin strongly influence the different autofluorescence patterns of chorioretinal tumors, but other pigments may theoretically influence the autofluorescence pattern of these lesions. In this chapter we review the role of autofluorescence in the diagnosis of benign and malignant chorioretinal.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClinical Ophthalmic Oncology: Basic Principles and Diagnostic Techniques, Second Edition
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783642404894, 9783642404887
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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