Computers in Dermatology

  • D. S. Rigel
  • A. Y. Finlay
  • T. Henseler
  • R. J. Friedman
  • A. W. Kopf
  • A. Dooms-Goossens
  • M. Dooms
  • J. Drieghe
  • H. Degreef
  • I. Torrance
  • J. Marks
  • B. Canning
  • N. B. Simpson
  • R. White
Conference paper

Abstract

Dr. Rigel presented recent work which demonstrated that the dermal tumor volume appears to be a superior method for assessing prognosis of melanomas as compared to thickness alone. This comparison held even when doing multivariate analysis. A dermal tumor volume of 200 mm3 appeared to delineate between good and poor prognosis. The dermal tumor volume was computed using histologic material from melanomas that have been stepsectioned at 2 mm intervals. The sections were then individually examined and measured at 0.5 mm intervals. These data were then entered into an IBM PC-XT computer. The dermal volume for each of the stepsectioned melanomas was computed as well as the surface area and the volume to area ratios. This ratio, which is essentially a measure of the irregularity of the tumor surface, may prove in the future to be even a better measure of patient prognosis than dermal tumor volume alone.

Keywords

Psoriasis Dermatitis Noma 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. S. Rigel
    • 1
  • A. Y. Finlay
    • 2
  • T. Henseler
    • 3
  • R. J. Friedman
    • 4
  • A. W. Kopf
    • 4
  • A. Dooms-Goossens
    • 5
  • M. Dooms
    • 5
  • J. Drieghe
    • 5
  • H. Degreef
    • 5
  • I. Torrance
    • 6
  • J. Marks
    • 6
  • B. Canning
    • 6
  • N. B. Simpson
    • 7
  • R. White
    • 8
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyUniversity of New York School of MedicineNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Southern General Hospital and Western InfirmaryGlasgowGreat Britain
  3. 3.Department of DermatologyUniversity of KielKielFR Germany
  4. 4.Department of DermatologyNew York University Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  5. 5.The Contact Dermatitis Unit, Department of DermatologyUniversity HospitalLeuvenBelgium
  6. 6.University of Newcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-TyneGreat Britain
  7. 7.The University of GlasgowGlasgowGreat Britain
  8. 8.The Information Edge Inc.MadisonUSA

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