In vivo confocal microscopy in dermatology: from research to clinical application.

Ulrich M, Lange-Asschenfeldt S.; J Biomed Opt. 2013 Jun;18(6):061212. doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.18.6.061212.


Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) represents an emerging technique for the noninvasive histomorphological analysis of skin in vivo and has shown its applicability for dermatological research as well as its value as an adjunct tool in the clinical management of skin cancer patients. Herein, we aim to give an overview on the current clinical indications for CLSM in dermatology and also highlight the diverse applications of CLSM in dermatological research.