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Imaging techniques in the diagnosis and monitoring of psoriasis (Review)

  • Authors:
    • Ioana‑Alina Grajdeanu
    • Laura Statescu
    • Dan Vata
    • Ioana Adriana Popescu
    • Elena Porumb-Andrese
    • Adriana Ionela Patrascu
    • Tatiana Taranu
    • Maria Crisan
    • Laura Gheuca Solovastru
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  • Published online on: August 29, 2019     https://doi.org/10.3892/etm.2019.7957
  • Pages: 4974-4980
  • Copyright: © Grajdeanu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution License.

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Abstract

Plaque psoriasis is a chronic, immune‑mediated disease, which has a multifactorial etiopathogenesis. Practical non‑invasive techniques to monitor plaque psoriasis progression and treatment are necessary. Imaging techniques available for psoriasis assessment may vary in terms of resolution, depth of penetration and visual representation. This review summarizes the current developments in the field of psoriasis non‑invasive imaging techniques, such as dermoscopy, conventional ultrasound and high frequency ultrasonography (HFUS), videocapillaroscopy (VC), reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM), optical microangiography (OMAG), laser Doppler imaging (LDI), multiphoton tomography (MPT) and optical coherence tomography (OCT). The aim was to collect and analyze data concerning types, indications, advantages and disadvantages of modern imaging techniques for in vivo psoriasis assessment. We focused on two main methods, videodermoscopy and HFUS, which can be included in daily dermatologists' practice and which may assist in establishing diagnosis, as well as monitoring response to topical and/or systemic therapy of psoriasis. Dermoscopy may be useful for a first evaluation and may offer an understanding of the type and distribution of blood vessels, as well as the color of the scale and the background of the lesion. Videodermoscopy allows magnification and offers a detailed evaluation of the vessel type. The utility of HFUS consists mainly in monitoring therapy response. These methods may be comparable with virtual histopathology.
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Grajdeanu, I., Statescu, L., Vata, D., Popescu, I.A., Porumb-Andrese, E., Patrascu, A.I. ... Solovastru, L.G. (2019). Imaging techniques in the diagnosis and monitoring of psoriasis (Review). Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, 18, 4974-4980. https://doi.org/10.3892/etm.2019.7957
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Grajdeanu, I., Statescu, L., Vata, D., Popescu, I. A., Porumb-Andrese, E., Patrascu, A. I., Taranu, T., Crisan, M., Solovastru, L. G."Imaging techniques in the diagnosis and monitoring of psoriasis (Review)". Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine 18.6 (2019): 4974-4980.
Chicago
Grajdeanu, I., Statescu, L., Vata, D., Popescu, I. A., Porumb-Andrese, E., Patrascu, A. I., Taranu, T., Crisan, M., Solovastru, L. G."Imaging techniques in the diagnosis and monitoring of psoriasis (Review)". Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine 18, no. 6 (2019): 4974-4980. https://doi.org/10.3892/etm.2019.7957