1. On the horizon: Optical imaging for cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma

    On the horizon: Optical imaging for cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma

    Background : Surgical resection with negative margins remains the standard of care for high-risk cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC). However, surgical management is often limited by poor intraoperative tumor visualization and inability to detect occult nodal metastasis. The inability to intraoperatively detect microscopic disease can lead to additional surgery, tumor recurrence, and decreased survival. Methods : A comprehensive literature review was conducted to identify studies incorporating optical imaging technology in the management of cSCC (1/1/2000-11/1/2014). Results : Several innovative optical imaging techniques, Raman spectroscopy, confocal microscopy, and fluorescence imaging, have been developed for intraoperative surgical guidance. Fifty-seven studies review ...

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