1. Dynamic optical coherence tomography of skin blood vessels – proposed terminology and practical guidelines

    Dynamic optical coherence tomography of skin blood vessels – proposed terminology and practical guidelines

    Background Dynamic optical coherence tomography (D-OCT) has recently been introduced in dermatology. In contrast to ‚Standard’ OCT imaging, which exclusively relies on the morphological analysis of the tissue, D-OCT allows the in-vivo visualisation of blood flow. Preliminary D-OCT data showed differences in the vascularisation of nevus to melanoma transition, suggesting that this technology may help to differentiate between benign and malignant lesions. Objective Several factors may influence the quality of D-OCT imaging. Therefore, standard operating procedures as well as a common terminology are required for better validation and comparison of the images. Methods Here we present practical guidelines for optimal ...

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