Chinese Journal of Dermatology ›› 2023, e20220290.doi: 10.35541/cjd.20220290

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Application of skin imaging techniques in determining surgical margins of basal cell carcinoma

Zuo Mo1,2, Liu Guoyan1   

  1. 1Shandong Provincial Hospital for Skin Diseases & Shandong Provincial Institute of Dermatology and Venereology, Shandong First Medical University & Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences, Jinan 250022, China; 2School of Clinical Medicine, Weifang Medical University, Weifang 261000, Shandong, China
  • Received:2022-04-26 Revised:2022-12-20 Online:2023-01-05 Published:2023-07-12
  • Contact: Liu Guoyan

Abstract: 【Abstract】 Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS), the first-line treatment of basal cell carcinoma (BCC), can help realize a complete histological examination of tumor borders during operation, thereby reserve as many normal tissues as possible, and reduce the recurrence rate. Skin imaging techniques can be used to describe the tumor edge of BCC before operation, realize the marking of surgical margins by using non-invasive technologies before operation, improve the first-time success rate of MMS, reduce the cost of multi-stage MMS operation, and reduce the recurrence rate. This review summarizes the progress in the application of skin imaging techniques in determining surgical margins of BCC.

Key words: Carcinoma, basal cell, Mohs surgery, Dermoscopy, Microscopy, confocal, Tomography, optical coherence, High-frequency ultrasound, Multispectral optoacoustic tomography, Surgical margin