State of the art laser imaging, to provide remarkably detailed insight and reduce the need for a surgical biopsy.
A confocal microscope’s ability to see multiple layers of the skin is valuable, as is eliminating any need to wait for results.
The diagnostic device we use to literally look beneath your skin is a confocal, laser scanning microscope. A rare facility in the UK and the first in a private dermatology clinic.
Our consultants use the confocal microscope to see real time images of potential skin cancers, as well as inflammatory skin disease, at a cellular level.
A safe laser beam shines through your skin and reflects off tissue layers below the surface, highlighting the selected cells. Digital images are sent to a large screen for inspection and can be recorded.
Neither does the optical scanner need to be fixed to your skin. This is a handheld, easily manoeuvred device, ideal to access areas of your body which are awkward to reach.
Confocal Microscopy & Skin Cancer
Physical biopsy can be required on occasion but the whole point of the confocal microscope is to perform an optical biopsy. In practical terms, more like having an ultrasound scan than being under a scalpel.
The high resolution images produced mimic those a consultant would see of tissue under a microscope. Helping them identify and diagnose a wide range of skin cancers, from melanoma, to basal, or squamous cell carcinoma.
A key advantage is however the assistance confocal microscopy provides in diagnosing hard to see melanoma, a disease where prompt diagnosis can be critical. Diagnosing rare diseases, such as extramammary paget disease, is a further benefit.
Confocal microscopy also assists in post skin cancer treatment monitoring, without the discomfort of further diagnostic biopsies. With the number of procedures reduced, patients also tend to feel more positive about their care.
Technology Plus Knowledge
Our microscopy system is not dependent on computerised, pattern recognition software. The technology is there to produce a highly defined view of hidden tissue, the diagnosis remains in expert hands.
Experience is vital for correct diagnosis and treatment. Whilst computer programs have advanced, they are not a match for the skills of a skin cancer specialist.
This blend of state of the art equipment and dedicated knowledge helps ensure skin cancers are diagnosed at their earliest stage. A vital part of achieving a cure and reducing invasive treatment.
Confocal Microscopy In London
Patients at our London clinic seeking skin cancer treatment have easy access to confocal microscopy. Where this can help, your consultant will arrange a convenient appointment, which will not disrupt your day.
The procedure often just takes a few minutes, yet gives an immediate, cell by cell visualisation of skin areas, or areas beneath your skin.
Real time diagnosis is of significant value and is provided in a caring, thoughtful way, you are welcome to arrange a personal consultation.
Our consultants will explain how useful confocal microscopy is for a range of conditions. This includes the system’s ability to help detect malignant melanoma, which we know is a concern for our patients. By all means look through further information:
- Save time with an intuitive search on: Skin Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment.
- Up to date news, research and insights: Our Dedicated Skin Cancer Blog.
- A view on moles, your health & finding issues Mole Screening & Melanoma.
- Research giving internationally recognised: Melanoma Detection Guidelines.
- How accurate detection is key for effective Melanoma Diagnosis & Treatment.