© 2012

Reflectance Confocal Microscopy for Skin Diseases

  • Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof
  • Giovanni Pellacani
  • Joseph Malvehy
  • Hans Peter Soyer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Confocal Reflectance Microscopy: The Essentials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Elisabeth M. T. Wurm, Hans Peter Soyer
      Pages 3-5
    3. Isabel Kolm, Ralph P. Braun
      Pages 7-10
    4. Elisabeth M. T. Wurm, Isabel Kolm, Verena Ahlgrimm-Siess
      Pages 11-19
  3. Normal Skin

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Susana Puig, Cristina Carrera, Gabriel Salerni, Joanne Rocha-Portela
      Pages 23-31
    3. Susana Puig, Cristina Carrera, Louise Lovato, Myrna Hanke-Martinez
      Pages 33-38
  4. Melanocytic Lesions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Barbara Ferrari, Hans Peter Soyer, Alice Casari, Giovanni Pellacani
      Pages 41-58
    3. Gaia Pupelli, Leonardo Veneziano, Caterina Longo, Gisele Gargantini Rezze, Hans Peter Soyer, Giovanni Pellacani
      Pages 59-70
  5. Melanocytic Lesions: Nevi

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Sara Bassoli, Verena Ahlgrimm-Siess, Alice Casari, Giovanni Pellacani
      Pages 73-86
    3. Giovanni Pellacani, Francesca Farnetani, Giuseppe Argenziano, Iris Zalaudek, Caterina Longo, Melissa Gill
      Pages 87-98
    4. Sara Bassoli, Caterina Longo, Giovanni Pellacani
      Pages 99-114
    5. Pantea Hashemi, Ashfaq A. Marghoob, Harold S. Rabinovitz, Alon Scope
      Pages 115-131
    6. Verena Ahlgrimm-Siess, Edith Arzberger, Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof, Alon Scope
      Pages 133-147
  6. Melanocytic Lesions: Melanoma

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Caterina Longo, Alice Casari, Giovanni Pellacani
      Pages 151-178
    3. Caterina Longo, Alice Casari, Giuseppe Argenziano, Iris Zalaudek, Giovanni Pellacani
      Pages 179-196

About this book


In recent years the relevance of non-invasive bioimaging techniques in the field of melanoma screening has steadily increased. In the new era of “clinicoimaging” diagnosis, reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) will have a major impact on the diagnosis and management of neoplastic and inflammatory skin diseases.


This book focuses on the use and significance of in vivo RCM for non-invasive high-resolution imaging of the skin. All of the chapters in this hands-on guide are generously illustrated with numerous confocal images and structured in a reader-friendly way. The contents include:

•          detailed information on the most relevant and up-to-date aspects of RCM,

•          schematic drawings summarizing and explaining the most important RCM criteria, and

•          a chapter specifically devoted to bridging the gap between dermoscopy, RCM, and histopathology.

At the end of each chapter, core messages recapitulate the most pertinent aspects.


Reflectance Confocal Microscopy for Skin Diseases will be a valuable resource for all physicians involved in the diagnosis and treatment of neoplastic and inflammatory skin diseases


Inflammatory skin disease Melanocytic lesions Melanoma Non-melanocytic lesions RCM

Editors and affiliations

  • Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof
    • 1
  • Giovanni Pellacani
    • 2
  • Joseph Malvehy
    • 3
  • Hans Peter Soyer
    • 4
  1. 1.Klinik für Dermatologie und VenerologieUniversitätsklinikum GrazGrazAustria
  2. 2.Dipto. DermatologíaUniversità de Modena y Reggio EmiliaModenaItaly
  3. 3.Barcelona, Melanoma UnitHospital Clínic i Provincial deBarcelonaSpain
  4. 4., Princess Alexandra HospitalThe University of Queensland School ofBrisbaneAustralia

About the editors

G. Pellacani, MD, is Professor of Dermatology in the Department of Dermatology, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. His major research interest is in the field of melanoma diagnosis by means of non-invasive techniques such as dermoscopy and in vivo confocal microscopy.

Josep Malvehy, MD, is Director of the Melanoma Unit at the University Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, Spain. His principal interest lies in melanoma and skin cancer, including diagnosis with non-invasive imaging technology.

H. Peter Soyer, MD, is Chair of the Dermatology Research Centre at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. He has had a longstanding interest in cutaneous bio-optical imaging techniques and clinicopathologic correlation of cutaneous neoplasms.

Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof, MD, is Professor of Dermatology in the Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Graz, Austria and Director of the Pigmented Skin Lesion Clinic at the Department of Dermatology in Graz. He has been a dermato-oncologist for 20 years. His special interests include diagnostic methods for skin tumors and preventive dermato-oncology.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Reflectance Confocal Microscopy for Skin Diseases
  • Editors Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof
    Giovanni Pellacani
    Joseph Malvehy
    H. Peter Soyer
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-21996-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-50188-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-21997-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 500
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Dermatology
    Plastic Surgery
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