Reflectance Confocal Microscopy of Cutaneous Tumors 2nd Edition
Reflectance Confocal Microscopy of Cutaneous Tumors 2nd Edition Ebook The last fifteen years have witnessed an explosion of knowledge in the field of dermatology. A major rea- son for this push relies on the tremendous advances produced in the field of skin imaging and the devel- opment of novel, noninvasive tools to examine, diag- nose, measure, delimit, and follow-up different skin pathologies. Dermoscopy was the harbinger of these techniques, enabling the examination of topographi- cal skin details with an unprecedented level of detail and architectural resolution.
Reflectance Confocal Microscopy of Cutaneous Tumors 2nd Edition Ebook However, other tech- niques caught on quickly, including the main subject of this book. Indeed, the application of reflectance- based confocal microscopy to generate contrast and detail and thus visualize the skin in vivo in a nonin- vasive manner was a completely innovative applica- tion back in the 1990s, but one that lacked reference points at the time, particularly on how to compare confocal microscopy findings with conventional his- tology, which is a hundred-year-old technique con- sidered the gold standard for the diagnosis of virtually every skin condition. Fast-forward to 2008, when a few dozen eager groups had adopted reflectance confocal microscopy as their tool of trade and were generating comparative maps of findings by reflec- tance confocal microscopy and comparing them to histology. In addition, the idea that confocal imaging was not invasive had supported pioneering efforts to use it to delimit surgical margins and also to study the response of different skin conditions to the treat- ment. It was in this context that we realized that a comprehensive atlas of skin findings as visualized by confocal microscopy would be a terrific tool. That
was a task worth our time; hence, Melissa Gill, Allan Halpern, and I delved into preparing what would become the first edition of this book. And what an overwhelming response we had! This book was rap- idly embraced by the growing community of reflec- tance confocal skin “imagers” around the world, and the number of publications, images, and references to this application of confocal imaging grew exponen- tially. As a testimony of the growing interest in the application of this technique, as many studies were included in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) search engine PubMed during 2015 as in all the pre- vious years combined, when “skin reflectance confo- cal microscopy” was used as the searching term. This indicated that not only the potential audience of this book had grown exponentially: the amount of new information, images, and comparisons had grown equally, which was a major force behind producing a second, updated edition of the Atlas. And these events bring us to this point. With the invaluable help and collaboration of some of the pioneers and most renowned experts in the field, it is with great plea- sure that I introduce the second edition of the book Reflectance Confocal Microscopy of Cutaneous Tumors: An Atlas with Clinical, Dermoscopic and Histological Correlations. This new edition contains a section of the state of the art regarding technology, edited by one of the earliest pioneers in the use of this technol- ogy, Milind Rajadhyaksha. It also includes an exten- sive section on how normal tissues look when seen under the light of the reflectance confocal micro- scope, edited by Marco Ardigò. Two major sections describing the state of the art regarding the visualiza- tion of melanocytic and nonmelanocytic tumors are edited by Caterina Longo, and Cristina Carrera and Martina Ulrich, respectively. The final section, edited by Elvira Moscarella, describes novel approaches of the technique and opens the door to the next genera- tion of discoveries on clinical applications.
Reflectance Confocal Microscopy of Cutaneous Tumors 2nd Edition Ebook We hope that the reception of this new edition of the Atlas will be as warm as for the first one, and that you will enjoy this book as much as we have putting it together.