No. NIDI does not scratch, puncture, or injure the skin in any way, and there is no anesthesia involved. Confocal Microscopy may require the patient to remain motionless and in the same position for up to 10 minutes, but otherwise does not cause any discomfort.
Anyone can be a candidate for NIDI, but most candidates fall into three main categories:
1. A patient who has a suspicious lesion on an aesthetically important site, such as the face or neck.
2. A patient with many irregular lesions that would otherwise require numerous biopsies.
3. Children, on whom we avoid surgery whenever possible.
No. A skin biopsy is still the gold standard when it comes to diagnosing any skin condition. However, NIDI can be used to determine whether a biopsy is necessary with much more certainty.
NIDI has been extensively studied around the world in a variety of settings, including major academic medical centers. Tens of thousands of patients have all been imaged without any reported side effects.
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