NewsNew imaging technique assesses vascular changes under the skin

New imaging technique assesses vascular changes under the skin

Assessment and diagnosis, Complex wounds, Skin integrity

New imaging technique assesses vascular changes under the skinResearchers have examined the use of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), a non-invasive structural imaging system, to assess vascular changes in the sub-dermal layers of patients’ skin.

This study was only conducted on four patients, but showed that significant changes in blood vessels can be detected with OCT, which uses light waves to create high-contrast images of soft tissue. The process is able to assess the skin by looking at the constriction of blood vessels and capillaries, specifically in eczema, dermatitis and basal cell carcinoma.

The researchers believe this may be an important step for diagnosing and learning more about skin conditions.

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Image: Eczema. Credit: Niels_Olson on Flickr.