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Value of Thermography in the Diagnosis of Malignant Melanomas of the Skin

  • M. Cristofolini
  • S. Boi
  • B. Perani
  • G. Recchia
  • G. Zumiani

Abstract

Thermographic examination of cutaneous tumors shows that most malignant lesions are thermally positive. Benign tumors are cold, with the exception of inflammatory and hypervascular lesions.1 Epithelial tumors are easily diagnosed clinically and on thermographic examination show numerous false positives and negativesl. In these cases thermography is of no practical use. Cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM), on the other hand, may be difficult to diagnose clinically, especially in the early stages, but it is the hottest of the cutaneous tumors.2,3,4,5,6,7,8 Thermographic examination is useful in these cases in so far as it may:
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    Confirm clinical suspicion.

     
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    Show a possible nevus-CMM association.

     
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    Facilitate the differential diagnosis between CMM and other pigmented lesions.

     

Keywords

False Positive Rate Malignant Lesion False Negative Rate Epithelial Tumor Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Cristofolini
    • 1
  • S. Boi
    • 1
  • B. Perani
    • 1
  • G. Recchia
    • 1
  • G. Zumiani
    • 1
  1. 1.Ospedale S Chiara di TrentoItaly

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