1. Articles in category: Dermatology

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    1. Use of optical coherence tomography for the diagnosis of preclinical lesions of circumscribed palmar hypokeratosis

      Use of optical coherence tomography for the diagnosis of preclinical lesions of circumscribed palmar hypokeratosis

      Circumscribed hypokeratosis of palms and soles is a rare dermatosis, usually affecting women. Diagnosis is mainly based on the clinical characteristics, including the clinical appearance and anatomical site of the skin lesions and on the demographic features of the affected patients, usually middle-aged to elderly women. Skin biopsy may be performed to confirm clinical diagnosis. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a technique that has been undergone substantial development in dermatology in recent years, and its use in clinical practice has been growing progressively. Several dermatological conditions have been studied with this tool, but to our knowledge, it has not been ...

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    2. Application to skin physiology using optical coherence tomography

      Application to skin physiology using optical coherence tomography

      Background and aims: The sweat glands and peripheral vessels beneath the skin surface act as minute organs governed by the skin sympathetic nerves and have important physiological functions for body temperature control and nutrition support along with maintenance of a peripheral organization. Dynamics of the mental sweating of sweat glands and the peripheral vessels reflect the activity of a sympathetic nerve. The purpose of this paper is to study the dynamic observation and analysis of sweat glands and a peripheral vessels by optical coherence tomography (OCT). Materials and Methods: In the dynamic analysis of mental sweating of sweat glands, after ...

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      Mentions: Osaka University
    3. Comparative study of presurgical skin infiltration depth measurements of melanocytic lesions with OCT and high frequency ultrasound

      Comparative study of presurgical skin infiltration depth measurements of melanocytic lesions with OCT and high frequency ultrasound

      A reliable, fast, and non-invasive determination of melanoma thickness in vivo is highly desirable for clinical dermatology as it may facilitate the identification of surgical melanoma margins, determine if a sentinel node biopsy should be performed or not, and reduce the number of surgical interventions for patients. In this work, optical coherence tomography (OCT) and high frequency ultrasound (HFUS) are evaluated for quantitative in vivo preoperative assessment of the skin infiltration depth of melanocytic tissue. Both methods allow non-invasive imaging of skin at similar axial resolution. Comparison with the Breslow lesion thickness obtained from histopathology revealed that OCT is slightly ...

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    4. A useful way to develop effective in vivo skin optical clearing agents

      A useful way to develop effective in vivo skin optical clearing agents

      Skin optical clearing has shown tremendous potential in improving various optical imaging performances, but there is some certain blindness in screening out high-efficiency in vivo optical clearing methods. In this work, three optical clearing agents: sucrose (Suc), fructose (Fruc) and PEG-400 (PEG), and two chemical penetration enhancers: propylene glycol (PG) and thiazone (Thiaz) were used. PEG was firstly mixed with the two penetration enhancers, respectively, and then mixed with Fruc and Suc, respectively, to obtain six kinds of skin optical clearing agents (SOCAs). Optical coherence tomography angiography was applied to monitor SOCAs-induced changes in imaging performances, skin optical properties, refractive ...

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    5. A Correlation Study between Two Adjacent Same-Meridian Acupoints after Laser-Needle Acupuncture with Optical Coherence Tomography and Diffuse Reflectance Spectra

      A Correlation Study between Two Adjacent Same-Meridian Acupoints after Laser-Needle Acupuncture with Optical Coherence Tomography and Diffuse Reflectance Spectra

      This study is to investigate the correlations among Sanjian (LI3), Hegu (LI4), and Yangxi (LI5) acupoints and their corresponding nonacupoints on the Yangming Large Intestine Meridian of Hand before and after laser irradiation using optical coherence tomography (OCT) and diffuse reflectance spectra. The experiment was conducted on 10 healthy people. A 658 nm laser with 50 mW output power was used for irradiating LI4, LI5 acupoints and their corresponding nonacupoints. As to LI4 acupoint with laser irradiation for duration of 15 or 45 minutes, the OCT backscattered light intensities of LI4 and LI5 acupoints increased significantly, and the reflectance intensities ...

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    6. Evaluation of Laser-Assisted Trans-Nail Drug Delivery with Optical Coherence Tomography

      Evaluation of Laser-Assisted Trans-Nail Drug Delivery with Optical Coherence Tomography

      The nail provides a functional protection to the fingertips and surrounding tissue from external injuries. The nail plate consists of three layers including dorsal, intermediate, and ventral layers. The dorsal layer consists of compact, hard keratins, limiting topical drug delivery through the nail. In this study, we investigate the application of fractional CO 2 laser that produces arrays of microthermal ablation zones (MAZs) to facilitate drug delivery in the nails. We utilized optical coherence tomography (OCT) for real-time monitoring of the laser–skin tissue interaction, sparing the patient from an invasive surgical sampling procedure. The time-dependent OCT intensity variance was ...

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    7. Contrast Enhanced Subsurface Fingerprint Detection using High-speed Optical Coherence Tomography

      Contrast Enhanced Subsurface Fingerprint Detection using High-speed Optical Coherence Tomography

      Spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SDOCT) has been demonstrated to be a viable tool in forensic science for fingerprint detection, yet it still suffers from certain practical issues, e.g., the limited scanning speed and low image contrast. In this letter, we report a high-speed SD-OCT together with an image contrast enhancement mechanism for reliable subsurface fingerprint detection. The constructed SDOCT system achieves a scanning rate up to 60K A-lines/s, and thus, both 3D volumetric images, reaching up to 20mm × 20mm × 1.2mm, and en face internal fingerprint furrow pattern images could be obtained. Based upon the analyses of the ...

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    8. Morphomechanics of dermis-A method for non-destructive testing of collagenous tissues

      Morphomechanics of dermis-A method for non-destructive testing of collagenous tissues

      Background Collagenous tissues store, transmit and dissipate elastic energy during mechanical deformation. In skin, mechanical energy is stored during loading and then is dissipated, which protects skin from mechanical failure. Thus, energy storage (elastic properties) and dissipation (viscous properties) are important characteristics of extracellular matrices (ECMs) that support the cyclic loading of ECMs without tissue failure. Methods Uniaxial stress-strain measurements on decellularized human dermis have been made and compared to results of a non-destructive technique involving optical coherence tomography (OCT) combined with vibrational analysis. In addition, Poisson's ratio has been determined for tensile deformation of decellularized dermis. Results The ...

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      Mentions: Mark C. Pierce
    9. Morphomechanics of dermis-A method for non-destructive testing of collagenous tissues

      Morphomechanics of dermis-A method for non-destructive testing of collagenous tissues

      Background Collagenous tissues store, transmit and dissipate elastic energy during mechanical deformation. In skin, mechanical energy is stored during loading and then is dissipated, which protects skin from mechanical failure. Thus, energy storage (elastic properties) and dissipation (viscous properties) are important characteristics of extracellular matrices (ECMs) that support the cyclic loading of ECMs without tissue failure. Methods Uniaxial stress-strain measurements on decellularized human dermis have been made and compared to results of a non-destructive technique involving optical coherence tomography (OCT) combined with vibrational analysis. In addition, Poisson's ratio has been determined for tensile deformation of decellularized dermis. Results The ...

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    10. Melanoma diagnosis may be a pitfall for optical coherence tomography assessment of equivocal amelanotic or hypomelanotic skin lesions

      Melanoma diagnosis may be a pitfall for optical coherence tomography assessment of equivocal amelanotic or hypomelanotic skin lesions

      melanotic and hypomelanotic skin lesions can be difficult to diagnose clinically and dermoscopically. 1-3 Evidence is emerging that optical coherence tomography (OCT) can detect superficial basal cell carcinoma (sBCC) with good sensitivity (79-95.7%) and specificity (75.3-96%). 4 Given that sBCC is a common problem 4 , and that it may be treated noninvasively 5 , the potential benefits from using OCT as an adjunct to clinical diagnosis are high. However, if OCT is used without histopathological confirmation in this setting, there is a risk that more clinically aggressive malignant pathology, such as amelanotic /hypomelanotic melanoma (AHM), may be misdiagnosed and ...

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    11. In vivo label-free lymphangiography of cutaneous lymphatic vessels in human burn scars using optical coherence tomography

      In vivo label-free lymphangiography of cutaneous lymphatic vessels in human burn scars using optical coherence tomography

      We present an automated, label-free method for lymphangiography of cutaneous lymphatic vessels in humans in vivo using optical coherence tomography (OCT). This method corrects for the variation in OCT signal due to the confocal function and sensitivity fall-off of a spectral-domain OCT system and utilizes a single-scattering model to compensate for A-scan signal attenuation to enable reliable thresholding of lymphatic vessels. A segment-joining algorithm is then incorporated into the method to mitigate partial-volume effects with small vessels. The lymphatic vessel images are augmented with images of the blood vessel network, acquired from the speckle decorrelation with additional weighting to differentiate ...

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    12. Commentary on the Diagnostic Utility of Non-invasive Imaging Devices for Field Cancerization

      Commentary on the Diagnostic Utility of Non-invasive Imaging Devices for Field Cancerization

      In this issue of Experimental Dermatology , Marneffe and collegues present a practical algorithmic guide to differentiating actinic keratosis (AK) from normal skin and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) using high-definition optical coherence tomography (HD-OCT), outlining steps and markers to guide both novice and more experienced skin cancer experts (1).

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    13. Update on advanced basal cell carcinoma diagnosis and treatment

      Update on advanced basal cell carcinoma diagnosis and treatment

      Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the most common skin cancer in the world 1-5 . Despite increased insight on skin cancer risk factors, including excessive sun exposure and indoor tanning, the incidence of skin cancer continues to rise worldwide, particularly in younger populations 6 . In a recent study, it was estimated that more than four million cases are diagnosed annually in the United States alone 6 . Given the widespread prevalence of this disease, there is a substantial impact on overall patient morbidity and quality of life 7-9 . Similarly, medical treatment for skin cancer accounts for ...

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    14. The use of transdermal optical coherence tomography to image the superficial temporal arteries

      The use of transdermal optical coherence tomography to image the superficial temporal arteries

      Purpose The diagnosis of Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) is an area of major challenge. This is the first reported use of the directed use of transdermal optical coherence tomography (OCT) to image the superficial temporal artery (STA). Methods This proof of concept study used a commercially available transdermal OCT instrument to identify and image the STA in eight patients (suspected GCA, confirmed GCA, and in healthy controls). Three cases are presented to demonstrate the preliminary imaging findings. Results In all eight cases the STA was identified. Imaging findings from three cases are presented. A hyper-reflective signal was seen, which distinguishes ...

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    15. Performance analysis of a Hybrid fingerprint extracted from optical coherence tomography fingertip scans

      Performance analysis of a Hybrid fingerprint extracted from optical coherence tomography fingertip scans

      The Hybrid fingerprint is a local-quality-specific blend of the surface and internal fingerprints, extracted from optical coherence tomography scans. Owing to its origin, and the manner in which it is obtained, the Hybrid fingerprint is a high-quality and secure fingerprint acquisition solution. This research entails a detailed description of the Hybrid fingerprint, the techniques involved to produce it, and a performance analysis of it. A dataset of 282 fingertip scans was established. Two recognised minutiae extraction and fingerprint matching algorithms were applied to assess the performance of the Hybrid fingerprint. The best equal error rate measured was 1.25%. NIST ...

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      Mentions: Ann Singh
    16. Speckled variance optical coherence tomography for the assessment of nail involvement in acrodermatitis continua of Hallopeau: A case study

      Speckled variance optical coherence tomography for the assessment of nail involvement in acrodermatitis continua of Hallopeau: A case study

      Noninvasive techniques for nail imaging would be useful for confirming diagnosis and monitoring treatment response at the microscopic level in patients with nail psoriasis. However, the use of ultrasound and high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging in nail evaluation is limited. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) produces high-resolution images of transversal tissue sections and represents an optimal approach to the study of the nail. This study used a multibeam OCT instrument to produce speckled variance OCT (SV-OCT) blood-flow images, which were used to measure the degree of change over successive scans. Nail changes, inflammation and response to therapy were evaluated in a 75-year-old ...

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    17. Optical Coherence Tomography for Skin Cancer Screening

      Optical Coherence Tomography for Skin Cancer Screening

      Skin cancer is the most common malignancy worldwide. Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers (NMSC), including Basal Cell Carcinomas (BCC) and Squamous Cell Carcinomas (SCC) are the most common, constituting around 80 percent of all skin cancers [1]. It is estimated that approximately 3.5 million new cases of NMSC occur every year in the United States, exceeding that of all other cancers combined [2-5]. In contrast, melanoma accounts for less than one percent of skin cancer cases, but the vast majority of skin cancer deaths [6]. The incidence of NMSC rises rapidly with patient age and has been increasing annually by between ...

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    18. Vascular Features of Nail Psoriasis Using Dynamic Optical Coherence Tomography

      Vascular Features of Nail Psoriasis Using Dynamic Optical Coherence Tomography

      Background: Nail psoriasis is a painful and disfiguring nail disease that often leads to invasive biopsies. Dermoscopy of the hyponychium can be useful in the diagnosis showing twisted coiled vessels. Structural features of nail psoriasis have been described with optical coherence tomography (OCT). Objectives: To investigate vascular features of nail psoriasis using dynamic OCT. Methods: This was an observational, prospective, controlled study in which psoriasis patients with psoriatic nail changes and healthy control patients underwent OCT imaging of the distal nail plate and proximal nail fold. Vertical and horizontal OCT images were analyzed to describe structural and vascular features and ...

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    19. Morphological analysis of the growth stages of in-vivo mouse hair follicles by using optical coherence tomography

      Morphological analysis of the growth stages of in-vivo mouse hair follicles by using optical coherence tomography

      Swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT), a bio-photonic imaging modality, was used to demonstrate an initial feasibility experiment for detecting morphological variations of in-vivo mouse hair follicles for the anagen and the telogen growth stages. Two C57BL/6 adult male mice, one undergoing the anagen stage and the other undergoing the telogen stage of the hair follicle growth cycle, were selected for the experiment. The OCT cross-sectional images of mice skin were acquired in-vivo within an interval of 15 days, and the observed morphological changes were analyzed. The micro-structural features of mice skin on the 15th experimental day were further compared ...

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      Mentions: Jeehyun Kim
    20. The Use of Noninvasive Optical Coherence Tomography to Monitor the Treatment Progress of Vismodegib and Imiquimod 5% Cream in a Transplant Patient with Advanced Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Nose

      The Use of Noninvasive Optical Coherence Tomography to Monitor the Treatment Progress of Vismodegib and Imiquimod 5% Cream in a Transplant Patient with Advanced Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Nose

      Immunosuppressed transplant recipients have increased risk for the development of basal cell carcinoma skin cancers. While oral vismodegib therapy has been successful in treating locally advanced basal cell tumors, few studies document its use and efficacy in organ transplant patients. In this immunocompromised population, topical imiquimod 5% cream has been shown to be an effective and well-tolerated option for superficial and nodular basal cell carcinomas. To the authors' knowledge, no data documents the use of optical coherence tomography, a noninvasive imaging technique, to monitor progress of such combined therapies on in vivo skin. The authors report the successful treatment of ...

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