Imaging Technologies for Pre-surgical Margin Assessment of Basal Cell Carcinoma

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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology


Basal cell carcinoma is the most common cancer worldwide, necessitating the development of techniques to decrease treatment costs through efficiency and efficacy. Mohs micrographic surgery, a specialized surgical technique involving staged resection of the tumor with complete histologic evaluation of the peripheral margins, is highly utilized. Reducing stages by even 5-10% would result in significant improvement in care and economic benefits. Non-invasive imaging could aid in both establishing the diagnosis of suspicious skin lesions and streamlining the surgical management of skin cancers by improving pre-surgical estimates of tumor size. Herein, we review the current state of imaging techniques in dermatology and their application for diagnosis and tumor margin assessment of basal cell carcinoma prior to Mohs micrographic surgery.

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ePub ahead of print