Optical Coherence Tomography for Presurgical Margin Assessment of Non-melanoma Skin Cancer – A Practical Approach

Alawi S A, Kuck M, Wahrlich C, Batz S, McKenzie G, Fluhr J W, Lademann J, Ulrich M

In the clinical setting, optical coherence tomography (OCT) is applicable for the non-invasive diagnosis of skin cancer and may in particular be used for margin definition prior to excision. In this regard, OCT may improve the success rate of removing tumor lesions more effectively, preventing repetitive excision, which may subsequently result in smaller excisions.  This study shows that suspected NMSC can effectively be confirmed, and furthermore, resection margin can be minimized under OCT control without reducing the rate of complete removal. (2013)

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