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An integrated skin marking tool for use with optical coherence tomography (OCT)
Author(s): Rakesh Patalay; Emma Craythorne; Raj Mallipeddi; Andrew Coleman
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Paper Abstract

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has been shown to provide clinically valuable images that can aid in the assessment of the pre-surgical margin in basal cell carcinoma (BCC). The accuracy and speed with which these images can be used to help delineate margins in the clinic are currently constrained by the need to suspend imaging whilst a pen is used to mark the skin. This constraint has been circumvented here by the design of a trigger-activated ink-loaded nib integrated with the OCT probe. The adapted OCT probe enables a mark to be placed on the skin precisely where a region of interest can be seen in the OCT images, accurately and reproducibly. The adapted probe is described and a comparison of its performance and early experience of its clinical use are reported here. Initial results indicate that the integrated skin marking probe makes margin delineation under OCT image-guidance faster, more accurate and more clinically acceptable.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 February 2017
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10037, Photonics in Dermatology and Plastic Surgery, 100370Y (6 February 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2250324
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Rakesh Patalay, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (United Kingdom)
Emma Craythorne, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (United Kingdom)
Raj Mallipeddi, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (United Kingdom)
Andrew Coleman, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10037:
Photonics in Dermatology and Plastic Surgery
Bernard Choi; Haishan Zeng; Nikiforos Kollias, Editor(s)

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