11 January 2013 Optical coherence tomography in dermatology
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Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a noninvasive diagnostic method that offers a view into the superficial layers of the skin in vivo in real-time. An infrared broadband light source allows the investigation of skin architecture and changes up to a depth of 1 to 2 mm with a resolution between 15 and 3 μm, depending on the system used. Thus OCT enables evaluation of skin lesions, especially nonmelanoma skin cancers and inflammatory diseases, quantification of skin changes, visualization of parasitic infestations, and examination of other indications such as the investigation of nails. OCT provides a quick and useful diagnostic imaging technique for a number of clinical questions and is a valuable addition or complement to other noninvasive imaging tools such as dermoscopy, high-frequency ultrasound, and confocal laser scan microscopy.
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Elke C. Sattler, Raphaela Kästle, Julia Welzel, "Optical coherence tomography in dermatology," Journal of Biomedical Optics 18(6), 061224 (11 January 2013). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JBO.18.6.061224 . Submission:
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