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SYM S013 - Reflectance Confocal Microscopy: Current & Future

Open admission to eligible categories, no tuition or ticket


Date: Friday, March 01

CME Credits: 3.00

Location: Room A110/111

Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Director: Harold S. Rabinovitz, MD, FAAD - Handout


  • Verena Ahlgrimm-Siess, MD - Handout
  • Marco Ardigo, MD
  • Giuseppe Argenziano, MD
  • Sara Bassoli, MD - Handout
  • Ralph P. Braun, MD
  • Salvador Gonzalez, MD, PhD
  • Pascale Guitera, MD, PhD
  • Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof, MD
  • Natalia Jaimes, MD
  • Caterina Longo, MD, PhD
  • Joseph Malvehy, MD
  • Orit Markowitz, MD, FAAD
  • Scott Menzies, MBBS, PhD
  • Elvira Moscarella, MD
  • Margaret C. Oliviero, NP, MSN
  • Giovanni Pellacani, MD - Handout
  • Susana Puig, MD - Handout
  • Babar K. Rao, MD, FAAD
  • Gisele G Rezze, MD, PhD
  • Alon Scope, MD
  • H. Peter Soyer, MD
  • Iris Zalaudek, MD

Learning Objectives:
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Apply the basic principles of confocal microscopy
  • Utilize confocal microscopy in a university and private practice setting
  • Classify both benign and malignant lesions by identifying specific structures and features of these neoplasms

Reflectance confocal microscopy is a non-invasive imaging technique that allows for the en face (horizontal plane) visualization of microscopic structures and cellular detail of the epidermis, dermo-epidermal junction, and superficial dermis. The principle of RCM is similar to ultrasound, but instead of ultrasound waves the system is based on the optical reflectivity. This course will discuss the equipment, principles, terminology, and the most common lesions imaged with this device. Experts with confocal microscopy will present educational cases with audience participation


Friday, March 01
2:00 PMEquipment and Principles / Dr. Scope
2:15 PMTerminology / Dr. Gargantini Rezze
2:30 PMSeborrheic keratosis, solar lentigo, and LPLK / Dr. Ahlgrimm-Seiss
2:40 PMSCC / Dr. Rabinovitz
2:50 PMBCC / Dr. Gonzalez
3:00 PMNevi / Dr. Longo
3:10 PMMelanoma / Dr. Pellicani
3:20 PMInflammatory diseases / Dr. Ardigo
3:30 PMFacial lesions / Dr. Guitera
3:40 PMDermatofibroma, sebaceous hyperplasia, and porokeratosis / Dr. Moscarella
3:50 PMRCM in a private clinical practice / Oliviero
4:00 PMQuestions / All faculty
4:05 PMGreat Cases from Spain and Australia Panel discussion / Dr. Malvehy, Dr. Puig, Dr. Menzies, and Dr. Soyer
4:20 PMGreat Cases from Austria and Switzerland Panel discussion / Dr. Hoffman-Wellenhof and Braun
4:30 PMGreat Cases from the USA Panel discussion / Dr. Jaimes, Dr. Rao, and Dr. Markowitz
4:45 PMGreat Cases from Italy Panel discussion / Dr. Argenziano, Dr. Zalaudek, and Dr. Bassoli