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Preoperative assessment of tumour thickness and vascularity using high-frequency ultrasonography in ten cases of cutaneous melanoma Volume 28, issue 2, March-April 2018

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1 Department of Dermatology, Nara Medical University School of Medicine,
2 Department of Endoscopy and Ultrasound, Nara Medical University Hospital,
3 Department of Dermatology, Division of Plastic Surgery, Nara Medical University School of Medicine, 840 Shijo-Cho, Kashihara, Nara 634-8522, Japan

Tumour thickness is the most useful prognostic indicator for cutaneous melanoma [1]. Wide surgical excision with a safety margin of ≥1-2 cm is the standard treatment for melanoma. Usually, an excisional biopsy is performed before surgery to confirm the diagnosis and determine the thickness of the tumour. If it were possible to accurately evaluate tumour thickness before the initial excision, then melanoma could be resected in a single operation. Several studies have demonstrated that ultrasonography [...]