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

David B. Harker, Todd Mollet, Divya Srivastava, Rajiv I. Nijhawan

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-12
Number of pages4
JournalSeminars in cutaneous medicine and surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology


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