Funding sources Serbian Ministry of science projects No. 41018 and 43012.
Preoperative skin tumours thickness determination by high-frequency ultrasound on head and neck region
Article first published online: 19 SEP 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology © 2011 European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
Volume 27, Issue 2, pages 251–253, February 2013
How to Cite
Jovanovic, D.L. and Pesic, Z.U. (2013), Preoperative skin tumours thickness determination by high-frequency ultrasound on head and neck region. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, 27: 251–253. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-3083.2011.04276.x
Conflict of interest None.
- Issue published online: 22 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 19 SEP 2011
- Received: 15 April 2011; Accepted: 26 August 2011
Background High-frequency ultrasound is non-invasive imaging method for examination of skin tumours.
Objective The aim of our study was to examine validity of 20-MHz ultrasound in preoperative determination of skin tumour thickness localized on head and neck region as a potentially useful tool for planning of the surgical intervention.
Methods Seventy-three different skin tumours were preoperatively examined using Dermascan C (Cortex Technology, Denmark) 20-MHz ultrasound equipment. Maximal vertical thickness of tumours was preoperatively determined by ultrasound, and after surgical excision of tumours, on pathohistological preparations using Nippon–Kogaku ocular micrometre. All patohistological specimens were controlled for presence of tumour cells on specimens’ margins.
Results Obtained correlation was very high, r = 0.82, without significant statistical difference (P < 0.01) between dimensions determined by 20-MHz ultrasound and histometry. There were no pathohistological specimens with tumours cells found on margins.
Conclusion Examination of skin tumours by 20-MHz ultrasound gives reliable additional information about tumour dimensions, sometimes important for therapeutic strategy.