Optical coherence tomography (OCT) features of nevi and melanomas and their association with intraepidermal or dermal involvement: A pilot study

      To the Editor: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) was shown to be an useful tool for the fast evaluation of nonmelanocytic tumors of the skin.
      • Welzel J.
      Optical coherence tomography in dermatology: a review.
      There are few reports in the literature studying melanocytic lesions with OCT, with variable and sometimes contrasting results.
      • Gambichler T.
      • Jaedicke V.
      • Terras S.
      Optical coherence tomography in dermatology: technical and clinical aspects.
      • Boone M.A.
      • Norrenberg S.
      • Jemec G.B.
      • Del Marmol V.
      High-definition optical coherence tomography imaging of melanocytic lesions: a pilot study.
      A constant need for reducing costs and cosmetic concerns of unnecessary excisions of suspicious melanocytic lesions lead us to further investigate this new technology.
      • Pellacani G.
      • Pepe P.
      • Casari A.
      • Longo C.
      Reflectance confocal microscopy as a second-level examination in skin oncology improves diagnostic accuracy and saves unnecessary excisions: a longitudinal prospective study.

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        Optical coherence tomography in dermatology: a review.
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        Optical coherence tomography in dermatology: technical and clinical aspects.
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        • Boone M.A.
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        High-definition optical coherence tomography imaging of melanocytic lesions: a pilot study.
        Arch Dermatol Res. 2013; 306: 11-26
        • Pellacani G.
        • Pepe P.
        • Casari A.
        • Longo C.
        Reflectance confocal microscopy as a second-level examination in skin oncology improves diagnostic accuracy and saves unnecessary excisions: a longitudinal prospective study.
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