Reflective confocal microscopy 'reduces unnecessary melanoma excisions'

A randomised trial shows the tool amounts to a 'virtual biopsy', researchers say

Adjunctive use of reflective confocal microscopy nearly halves the number of unnecessary excisions and effectively identifies aggressive melanoma at baseline, a randomised trial shows.

Compared with standard care alone, the non-invasive imaging technique has superior accuracy and detects lesions thinner than 0.5mm, the researchers say.

“The findings of our study clearly demonstrated that the use of confocal microscopy is strongly needed in referral centres dealing with melanoma diagnosis,” said first author and