Melanomas appear as homogenously hypoechoic lesions, melanocytic nevi show irregularly distributed internal echoes, seborrheic keratosis shows partially interrupted thick entry echo with attenuation or disappearance of the dorsal echo.
A sharp border between the hypoechoic tumour and hyperechoic dermis at the tumour base is seen, that helps to determine the tumour thickness. It enables the in vivo study of skin at nearly histologic resolutions. It employs a diode laser at nm with a power, less than 35 mW. A point source of light illuminates a point inside the object. High contrast images are obtained by imaging a single in-focus section and rejecting light from out-of-focus portions of the object by a filter. The contrast is provided by the difference in refractive index of organelles and other microstructures that appear bright and contrast with the background, e.
The malignant cells are polymorphic.
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Also, branching dendritic-like cells are seen mainly in the basal layer and spreading upwards, suggesting a pagetoid pattern. In BCC, the peripheral palisading pattern, cystic spaces within the tumour and peritumoural lacunae can be recognised. Skin tumours represent a challenging group of dermatoses. A thorough clinical examination supplemented by histopathologic correlation is required to make a diagnosis in a majority of cases.
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Table 1 Classification of skin tumours[ 1 ]. Open in a separate window. They have to be distinguished from the following phenomena: Tumour collision i.
Non-invasive diagnostic techniques for skin tumours These are simple, yet novel, in vivo non-invasive techniques for the early diagnosis and appropriate treatment of skin tumours. Dermascopy Epiluminescence microscopy It is a simple and inexpensive technique to visualise certain morphological features in the skin lesions that are not visible to the naked eye. Confocal scanning laser microscopy SCLM It enables the in vivo study of skin at nearly histologic resolutions. Report of two cases and review of literature.
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Noninvasive imaging of skin tumors. Dermatol Surg. Confocal scanning laser microscopy of benign and malignant melanocytic skin lesions in vivo. Confocal examination of untreated fresh specimens from basal cell carcinoma. Implications for microscopically guided surgery. Curettage, electrosurgery and skin cancer. Raymond Barnhill and Dr. Martin C. Between and he served as an Attending Physician on the dermatopathology, head and neck pathology with Dr. Ben Z. Pilch, M. Thaddeus Dryja, M. Steven Billings, MD. Steven Billings completed his pathology residency and dermatopathology fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.
He completed a fellowship in soft tissue pathology. Upon completion of his post graduate studies, he joined the faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine, where he practiced for several years.
In he joined the faculty at the Cleveland Clinic where he is a Professor of Pathology, serves as co-director of the dermatopathology section and also staffs the soft tissue pathology service. His research interests are in dermatopathology and soft tissue pathology with a special emphasis on cutaneous soft tissue tumors.
He has authored over papers, most focusing on cutaneous soft tissue tumors, over 50 book chapters, and co-authored a book on inflammatory diseases of the skin. He lectures extensively in the field of dermatopathology. Trained as a general pathologist with a PhD in immunology, Ian's research career has been based on investigating disease mechanisms to improve diagnosis and treatment, particularly for cancer. He has a developed several molecular diagnostics methods, and led the UK Early Cancer Detection Consortium — He has a major interest in the management of translational research.
Since , he occupies a very unusual position as a general pathologist with expertise in melanocytic tumors. This ancillary diagnostic approach is layered by a morphologic and immunohistochemical screening selecting the few cases eligible for molecular testing such as CGH —array and FISH techniques. David Elder, MD. David Elder is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, the teaching hospital of the oldest medical school in the United States.
Over the years, this group described dysplastic nevi, and defined the radial and vertical growth phases of melanoma. In other studies, prognostic models for melanoma were developed, using histopathologic and other markers. These have included proliferation markers, and markers of the tumor host response.
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The group has also been closely involved with the development of new targeted therapies and of immunotherapy for melanoma. Elder has also been a leading member of the Melanoma Genetics Consortium GenoMel , serving as Principal Investigator of an NIH grant supporting this program over the last two decades and more. This group has defined the biology of genes that convey risk for the development of melanoma in Europe, Australia and the Americas.
Elder is the author of more than peer-reviewed research publications and reviews. He is also Series Editor of Consultant Pathology, a series of monographs whose aim is to convey the nuan. Werner Kempf, MD. Werner Kempf, MD, is professor of dermatology and consultant dermatopathologist at the Dept.