Chinese Journal of Dermatology ›› 2023, e20210820.doi: 10.35541/cjd.20210820

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Skin imaging techniques for nails and nail diseases

Huang Shudai, Wang Daguang   

  1. Department of Dermatology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing 210029, China
  • Received:2021-11-10 Revised:2022-05-11 Online:2023-01-05 Published:2023-03-20
  • Contact: Wang Daguang
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(81000703, 81472896); Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province (BK2009437); Six Talent Peaks of Jiangsu Province (2015-WSW-026)

Abstract: 【Abstract】 Skin imaging techniques can markedly improve the accuracy of diagnosis of nail diseases, and can be used to evaluate therapeutic effects. This review mainly summarizes the application of reflectance confocal microscopy, optical coherence tomography, high-frequency ultrasound, and nailfold capillaroscopy in nail diseases, and evaluates their advantages and limitations in clinical practice.

Key words: Nail diseases, Diagnostic imaging, Reflectance confocal microscopy, Optical coherence tomography, High-frequency ultrasound, Nailfold capillaroscopy