News | October 21, 2007

VivaScope Confocal Imager May Eliminate Routine Skin Biopsies

October 22, 2007 - Lucid Inc.’s VivaNet telemedicine server and its VivaScope confocal imager allows dermatologists to share, review and diagnose noninvasive digital images of skin cells via the Internet.

The technology, which relies on using special microscopes to digitally image a patient’s skin, may bypass the need to surgically biopsy many patients. VivaScope imaging sessions reportedly require only 5 to 10 minutes of a physician’s assistant’s time.

The cellular resolution images may then be used by physicians to assist in forming a clinical judgment for a variety of skin conditions, including, for example, melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, actinic keratoses, and contact dermatitis.

A typical VivaScope imaging session produces two types of images of the patient’s skin: dermatoscopic-quality, full-color macroscopic pictures, and microscopic, cellular resolution images. Like a routine biopsy, the images can then be read by a dermatologist or a pathologist and the diagnosis presented to the patient.

For more information: www.lucid-tech.com

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