Reflective confocal microscopy ‘reduces unnecessary melanoma excisions’

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

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.