Emerging imaging technologies in dermatology: Part I: Basic principles

Samantha L. Schneider, Indermeet Kohli, Iltefat H. Hamzavi, M. Laurin Council, Anthony M. Rossi, David M. Ozog

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Dermatologists rely primarily on clinical examination in combination with histopathology to diagnose conditions; however, clinical examination alone might not be sufficient for accurate diagnosis and skin biopsies have associated morbidity. With continued technological advancement, there are emerging ancillary imaging technologies available to dermatologists to aid in diagnosis and management. This 2-part review article will discuss these emerging technologies including: digital photographic imaging, confocal microscopy, optical coherence tomography, and high-frequency ultrasound, as well as several additional modalities in development. In this first installment, the authors describe the breadth of technologies available and the science behind them. Then, in the second article, the authors discuss the applications and limitations of these technologies and future directions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1114-1120
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2019


  • Raman spectroscopy
  • confocal microscopy
  • dermatology
  • dermoscopy
  • digital photographic imaging
  • fluorescence imaging
  • high-frequency ultrasound
  • machine-based learning
  • multispectral optoacoustic tomography
  • optical coherence tomography


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