Reflectance confocal microscopy: A new tool in skin oncology

Andrea Meschieri, Gaia Pupelli, Giovanni Pellacani, Milind Rajadhyaksha, Caterina Longo

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Abstract

Nowadays in the contest of skin diseases the most important goals are the decrease of mortality through an early diagnosis and the reduction of unnecessary excisions of benign entities. Reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) is a modern imaging technique that has been introduced in main dermatological-referral centers and applied mostly in skin oncology. Currently, RCM may be considered very useful for accurate and early diagnosis of skin cancers (such as melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma), enabling a specific study of epidermal structures, dermo-epidermal junction and upper dermis. RCM, as second level diagnosis tool, is helpful in several cases, in particular for challenging lesions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-285
Number of pages9
JournalPhotonics and Lasers in Medicine
Volume2
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Actinic keratosis
  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Confocal microscopy
  • Melanoma
  • Nevi

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Surgery

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