Three-dimensional imaging for diagnostic ultrasound in dermatology

M. J. Stiller, J. Driller, J. L. Shupack, C. G. Gropper, M. C. Rorke, F. L. Lizzi

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Background: Visual examination and cutaneous biopsies, two major tools in dermatologie diagnosis, do not provide structural information regarding the entire tissue volume. Objective: Our purpose was to develop a high-resolution ultrasound system that quickly, with minimal operator interaction, displays structural data on the entire tissue volume. Methods: A prototype ultrasound B-scan system was developed and operated at nominal center frequencies between 35 and 50 MHz, with computer processing of data to produce three-dimensional images. These images displayed as three-dimensional “blocks” can be sectioned to provide multiple images of internal structure (i.e., “acoustic biopsies”). Results: B-scans and associated three-dimensional images were obtained from assorted skin sites in selected patients. Conclusion: This technique provides a valuable diagnostic tool that is now being further evaluated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-175
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1993


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