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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Optical coherence tomography in dermatology
Author(s): Elke C. Sattler; Raphaela Kästle; Julia Welzel
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Paper Abstract

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.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 January 2013
PDF: 7 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 18(6) 061224 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.18.6.061224
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 18, Issue 6
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Elke C. Sattler, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München (Germany)
Raphaela Kästle, General Hospital Augsburg (Germany)
Julia Welzel, General Hospital Augsburg (Germany)


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