The role of imaging in the prevention of wrong-site surgery in dermatology

IMAGING IN DERMATOLOGY

The role of imaging in the prevention of wrong-site surgery in dermatology

Mar
2016
Vol. 35. No. 1
David B Harker, BS | Divya Srivastava, MD | Rajiv I Nijhawan, MD | Todd Mollet, MD

Wrong-site surgery in dermatology often results from inaccurate identification of a skin cancer biopsy site. Factors making biopsy-site identification difficult include background actinic damage, delays from biopsy to surgery, and lack of photographic documentation. While other methods exist for biopsy-site identification, photography is the most helpful tool available. Although modern technology has made high-quality photographic equipment ubiquitous and easy to use, photography for biopsy-site identification continues to be underutilized. The authors recommend that photographic documentation of biopsy sites become the standard of care.


Semin Cutan Med Surg 35:9-12 © 2016 Frontline Medical Communications

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