JAMES M.GRICHNIKMD, PhD
Reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) can be used as a bedside aid to clinical assessment of pigmented lesions. At times, it may be clinically difficult to determine whether a pigmented lesion is melanocytic or nonmelanocytic. The following 2 cases demonstrate a reproducible RCM pattern that may allow for rapid diagnosis of pigmented basal cell carcinoma (BCC) at the bedside. In both cases, the RCM imaging session provided the operator with a diagnosis in less than 5 minutes. Therefore, it is conceivable that, in the not too distant future, it may become feasible to implement RCM in routine clinical practice
Scope A, Mecca PS, Marghoob AA. skINsight Lessons in Reflectance Confocal Microscopy: Rapid Diagnosis of Pigmented Basal Cell Carcinoma. Arch Dermatol. 2009;145(1):106–107. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2008.577
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