Purpose: To evaluate the significance of choroidal substructure analysis in predicting the clinical response to adjuvant stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT) in neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) patients.
Methods: Patients with nAMD, who underwent SRT (baseline) in addition to common intravitreal injections (IVIs) and subsequently had at least 12 months of complete follow-up, were enrolled. In a post hoc analysis, optical coherence tomography (OCT) data were reviewed, and subfoveal choroidal thickness (CT) as well as the thickness of choroidal substructures, such as choriocapillaris (CC), Sattler's layer (SL), and Haller's layer (HL), was measured to determine if these influenced SRT efficacy.
Results: A total of 35 eyes of 35 patients were included. While each of the 4 choroidal metrics significantly forecasts the clinical response to SRT, combining them all together produced the most reliable prediction model.
Conclusion: In terms of clinical response to SRT in nAMD patients, choroidal substructure analysis does improve the quality of the prediction model when combined with subfoveal CT.