Sonography for locoregional staging and follow-up of cutaneous melanoma: how we do it.
ABSTRACT Sonography is being used with increasing frequency in the assessment of locoregional tumor spread in patients with melanoma. Nevertheless, to maximize its practical impact, sonography should be performed with state-of-the-art equipment, by specifically trained operators, and using a careful exploration technique and well-defined diagnostic criteria. In this "how I do it"-type article, we illustrate our practical approach to sonography of cutaneous melanoma.
We first illustrate the basic and advanced technical requirements; then we describe our exploration methods and our image interpretation approach; and finally, we report on our use of sonography as a guidance tool for interventional procedures. Special emphasis is given to methodological and interpretative clues, tricks, and pitfalls.
Sonography can be used in the initial staging of patients with melanoma, particularly in the screening of patients scheduled for a sentinel lymph node biopsy procedure. Additionally, sonography can be used during patient follow-up to detect locoregional recurrence earlier than palpation.
Sonography plays a growing role in the assessment of the superficial spread of melanoma. Nevertheless, state-of-the-art equipment and careful exploration by trained operators are necessary.
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ABSTRACT: High-resolution variable frequency ultrasound imaging is increasingly being used in the noninvasive evaluation of various cutaneous diseases. It plays a complimentary role to physical examination in the assessment of cutaneous lesions. It is the only imaging modality useful in the evaluation of superficial cutaneous lesions that are too small to be evaluated on computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and is helpful in reducing invasive procedures like biopsies and fine needle aspirations. In this article, we seek to describe the relevance and basic principles of cutaneous ultrasound, imaging findings of normal skin, current applications of high-resolution ultrasound in the diagnosis and management of various dermatological conditions, along with the features of some commonly encountered lesions.Indian Journal of Radiology and Imaging 01/2013; 23(3):269-277.