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March 2001

Epiluminescence Microscopy: A Reevaluation of Its Purpose

Arch Dermatol. 2001;137(3):377-378. doi:

In view of the increasing interest in epiluminescence microscopy (ELM) and its newer computer-assisted variants to evaluate pigmented lesions, it is timely to ask "What is the most important purpose of the procedure?" The conventional answer, illustrated by the 2 articles on the subject in the December 1999 issue of the ARCHIVES,1,2 is to improve the ability to diagnose melanoma. I suggest the primary purpose should more simply be to determine whether a lesion needs to undergo a biopsy procedure.

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