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Reflectance Confocal Microscopy for Skin Diseases

Hofmann-Wellenhof, R., Pellacani, G., Malvehy, J., Soyer, H.P. (Eds.)

2012, IX, 500p. 507 illus., 485 illus. in color.

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  • This unique book encompasses the most relevant and up-to-date aspects of RCM (reflectance confocal microscopy)
  • It serves as a helpful hands-on guide for confocal imaging for dermatologists
  • It includes a chapter devoted to bridging the gap between dermoscopy, RCM and histopathology
  • All chapters are lavishly illustrated and reader-friendly structured

In recent years the relevance of non-invasive bioimaging techniques in the field of melanoma screening has steadily increased. In the new era of “clinicoimaging” diagnosis, reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) will have a major impact on the diagnosis and management of neoplastic and inflammatory skin diseases.


This book focuses on the use and significance of in vivo RCM for non-invasive high-resolution imaging of the skin. All of the chapters in this hands-on guide are generously illustrated with numerous confocal images and structured in a reader-friendly way. The contents include:

•          detailed information on the most relevant and up-to-date aspects of RCM,

•          schematic drawings summarizing and explaining the most important RCM criteria, and

•          a chapter specifically devoted to bridging the gap between dermoscopy, RCM, and histopathology.

At the end of each chapter, core messages recapitulate the most pertinent aspects.


Reflectance Confocal Microscopy for Skin Diseases will be a valuable resource for all physicians involved in the diagnosis and treatment of neoplastic and inflammatory skin diseases

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Inflammatory skin disease - Melanocytic lesions - Melanoma - Non-melanocytic lesions - RCM

Related subjects » Dermatology - Oncology & Hematology - Otorhinolaryngology - Pediatrics - Surgery

Table of contents 

From the Contents: CONFOCAL REFLECTANCE MICROSCOPY – THE ESSENTIALS.- NORMAL SKIN.- MELANOCYTIC LESIONS.- MELANOCYTIC NEVI.- MELANOMA.- Superficial Spreading Melanoma.- Melanoma Progression.- Nodular Melanoma.- Lentigo Maligna.- Amelanotic Melanoma.- NON-MELANOCYTIC SKIN LESIONS.- Semeiology and Pattern Analysis In  Non-Melanocytic Lesions.- Dermoscopic and Histologic Correlations.- Solar Lentigo, Seborrheic Keratosis and Lichen Planus Like-Keratosi.- Basal Cell Carcinoma.- Actinic Keratoses.- Squamous Cell Carcinoma .- Cutaneous Lymphoma.- Potpourri of Non Melanocytic Skin Lesions.- INFLAMMATORY SKIN DISEASES.- MONITORING OF SKIN LESIONS AND THERAPY CONTROL.- FUTURE ASPECTS.- Tele-Reflectance Confocal Microscopy.- Automated Diagnosis and Reflectance Confocal Microscopy.- Experimental Applications and Future Directions.- CONSENSUS TERMINOLOGY GLOSSARY.

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