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J Dtsch Dermatol Ges. 2013 Jun;11(6):499-507. doi: 10.1111/ddg.12073. Epub 2013 Apr 9.

Optical coherence tomography: its role in daily dermatological practice.

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Facharzt für Dermatologie und Venerologie, Allergologie, Ambulante Operationen Schuchardstraße 15, 42275 Wuppertal, Germany.


Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive, tomographic imaging technique which generates high-resolution in-vivo images up to mid-dermal layers. Due to continuous technological improvements, OCT is moving from research projects into daily dermatological practice. It can complement other imaging methods like high-frequency ultrasound or confocal microscopy. There is a wide variety of indications for OCT. In addition to aiding in the diagnosis and clinical monitoring of inflammatory dermatoses, OCT is a very useful and feasible technique in dermato-oncology.

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