Principles of dermoscopy

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 Editor: Alon Scope

 Author(s): Alon Scope     ·  Florentia Dimitriou     ·  Ashfaq A. Marghoob     ·  Ralph P. Braun
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Description This chapter describes the principles of dermoscopyThe examination of [skin lesions] with a 'dermatoscope'. This traditionally consists of a magnifier (typically x10), a non-polarised light source, a transparent plate and a liquid medium between the instrument and the skin, and allows inspection of skin lesions unobstructed by skin surface reflections. Modern dermatoscopes dispense with the use of liquid medium and instead use polarised light to cancel out skin surface reflections. including polarized and non-polarized lightThis glossary term has not yet been described. dermoscopy, as well as the differences of between the two modalities.
Author(s) Alon Scope · Florentia Dimitriou · Ashfaq A. Marghoob · Ralph P. Braun
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This chapter describes the principles of dermoscopy including polarized and non-polarized light dermoscopy, as well as the differences of between the two modalities.

It has the following subchapters:

Clinical examination Alon Scope, Florentia Dimitriou, Ashfaq A. Marghoob, Ralph P. Braun
Non polarized dermoscopy Florentia Dimitriou, Alon Scope, Ofer Reiter, Ashfaq A. Marghoob, Ralph P. Braun
Polarized dermoscopy Florentia Dimitriou, Alon Scope, Ralph P. Braun, Ofer Reiter, Ashfaq A. Marghoob
Differences between polarized and non polarized dermoscopy Florentia Dimitriou, Alon Scope, Ralph P. Braun, Ofer Reiter, Ashfaq A. Marghoob


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