Publication Details

Zhang, H., Davidorf, F. & Qi, Y. (2012). Comparison of 16 mm OSU-Nag and COMS eye plaques. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, 13 (3), 166-178.


OSU-NAG eye plaques use fewer sources than COMS-plaques of comparable size, and do not employ a Silastic seed carrier insert. Monte Carlo modeling was used to calculate 3D dose distributions for a 16 mm OSU-NAG eye plaque and a 16 mm COMS eye plaque loaded with either Iodine-125 or Cesium-131 brachytherapy sources. The OSU-NAG eye plaque was loaded with eight sources forming two squares, whereas the COMS eye plaque was loaded with thirteen sources approximating three isocentric circles. A spherical eyeball 24.6 mm in diameter and an ellipsoid-like tumor 6 mm in height and 12 mm in the major and minor axes were used to evaluate the doses delivered. To establish a fair comparison, a water seed carrier was used instead of the Silastic seed carrier designed for the traditional COMS eye plaque. Calculations were performed on the dose distributions along the eye plaque axis and the DVHs of the tumor, as well as the 3D distribution. Our results indicated that, to achieve a prescription dose of 85 Gy at 6 mm from the inner sclera edge for a six-day treatment, the OSU-NAG eye plaque will need 6.16 U/source and 6.82U/source for 125I and 131Cs, respectively. The COMS eye plaque will require 4.02 U/source and 4.43 U/source for the same source types. The dose profiles of the two types of eye plaques on their central axes are within 9% difference for all applicable distances. The OSU-NAG plaque delivers about 10% and 12% more dose than the COMS for 125I and 131Cs sources, respectively, at the inner sclera edge, but 6% and 3% less dose at the opposite retina. The DVHs of the tumor for two types of plaques were within 6% difference. In conclusion, the dosimetric quality of the OSU-NAG eye plaque used in eye plaque brachytherapy is comparable to the COMS eye plaque.