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Indian J Radiol Imaging. 2013 Jul;23(3):269-77. doi: 10.4103/0971-3026.120272.

High-resolution ultrasound imaging of cutaneous lesions.

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Department of Radiodiagnosis, Central Hospital, Lalaguda, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Department of Dermatology, Central Hospital, Lalaguda, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.


High-resolution variable frequency ultrasound imaging is increasingly being used in the noninvasive evaluation of various cutaneous diseases. It plays a complimentary role to physical examination in the assessment of cutaneous lesions. It is the only imaging modality useful in the evaluation of superficial cutaneous lesions that are too small to be evaluated on computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and is helpful in reducing invasive procedures like biopsies and fine needle aspirations. In this article, we seek to describe the relevance and basic principles of cutaneous ultrasound, imaging findings of normal skin, current applications of high-resolution ultrasound in the diagnosis and management of various dermatological conditions, along with the features of some commonly encountered lesions.


Color Doppler; dermatology; high-resolution ultrasound; skin

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