Thermocol-based spacer for interventional dermoscopy
2 Department of Dermatology, Medical Trust Hospital, Cochin, Kerala, India
Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, 31982
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Kaliyadan F, Puravoor J. Thermocol-based spacer for interventional dermoscopy. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2020;86:218-219
Recently, there have been reports dealing with the modification of standard dermoscopes for dermoscopy-guided procedures., While these modifications are simple and effective, the limited field of work is one of the limitations. We suggest a simple modification for hand-held dermoscopes which will enable dermoscopy-guided procedures with a larger field available for the same.
We attached two thermocol pieces with height adjusted according to focusing distance of the dermoscope, with double-sided adhesive tape [Figure - 1]. The apparatus thus assembled can be used as such or with a camera attached to it [Figure - 2], [Figure - 3]. The arrangement leaves plenty of free space for marking biopsy areas or for procedures such as needling, comedone extraction and radiofrequency ablation. For radiofrequency ablation, it is important to ensure that the gaps are large enough so as to prevent contact of the cautery tip with the thermocol. Cutting the thermocol pieces and attaching them is also much easier as compared to cutting a syringe or custom-made acrylic spacers.
|Figure 1: Thermocol spacers attached to the dermoscope|
|Figure 2: Assembly with camera attached|
|Figure 3: Use of the apparatus for dermoscopy-guided procedures|
The advantage of using the thermocol spacer is that it can be used for most dermoscopes. We have tried the same for a larger one also—the Dermlite foto ii pro [Figure - 4]. However, because of the smaller diameter of the tip, moulding a thermocol spacer would be difficult for a USB dermoscope. The height of the spacer is equivalent to the original spacer that comes with the dermoscope and this ensures that there are no changes in magnification of field of vision, which can be a problem when distance of viewing is adjusted.
|Figure 4: Spacer attached to Dermlite Foto ii pro|
The main limitation at this stage would continue to be the limited vertical height, corresponding to the optimal focusing distance of the dermoscope. In addition, it is important not to apply too much pressure on the thermocol spacer, especially while using a heavier dermoscope, to prevent the spacer from parting away. The adhesiveness may also wear away with time and, hence, the spacer might need replacements after a few uses.
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Financial support and sponsorship
Deanship of Scientific Research, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia, Grant/Award Number: 1811015.
Conflicts of interest
There are no conflicts of interest.
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