Research News

Case Study: Wheeling Hospital Center for Skin Cancer and Melanoma

Wheeling Hospital in West Virginia relies on Canfield DermaGraphix IntelliStudio to screen for skin cancer and dangerous melanomas. The Center for Skin Cancer and Melanoma was the inaugural user of a new generation of 2D Mole Mapping with Total Body Photography.

OLÉ: Facial Imaging System with Overhead Lighting Environment

Canfield’s novel imaging system, with an open-air Overhead Lighting Environment (OLE) facilitates clinical assessment of facial skin aging attributes by simulating how the subject is perceived by the human eye in everyday settings. Historically, facial skin imaging has been accomplished using closed imaging environments for illuminating the subject with uniform diffused lighting, while eliminating unwanted effects of ambient light. While a closed environment is also ideal for fluorescence and absorption imaging, direct illumination and secondary reflections may reduce contrast of skin topographical features. Natural lighting, under which a subject’s face is typically perceived, is overhead and directional. Directional / raked lighting reveals surface textures by illuminating features facing the light, while creating shadows for those facing away.

Quantitative Analysis of Facial Features

Canfield 2D and 3D imaging systems are valuable tools for visualizing changes to the skin over time, and offer analysis methods that aid in claim substantiation. 3D images captured with PRIMOS provide objective, detailed understanding of physical changes to skin microstructure within a small-field view. 2D full-face images captured with VISIA-CR and analyzed in VAESTRO generate correlated data, and a global aesthetic view of treatment effects on a subject's overall appearance.

Case Study: Marc D. Epstein, M.D.

Marc D. Epstein, M.D. has the winning formula for a success in his plastic surgery practice. Excellent outcomes, for sure, but also giving patients what they can't get from his competitors; the ability to see their results in advance of the surgery with VECTRA 3D. See how good medicine and extraordinary patient communications have propelled his practice to the upper echelons of aesthetic surgery.

Case Study: Allen D. Rosen, MD

For Dr. Allen D. Rosen, the patient experience is a key element in his plastic surgery practice. That's one reason he uses VECTRA 3D aesthetic simulations to help set realistic expectations for his procedures. By engaging patients in a visual consultation using 3D images of their own anatomy, he finds they have increased confidence to proceed, and are more likely to be satisfied with the results.

Comparative Analysis of Total Body and Dermatoscopic Photographic Monitoring of Nevi in Similar Patient Populations at Risk for Cutaneous Melanoma

In our experience with both approaches, monitoring patients at risk for melanoma using TB photography was associated with lower biopsy rates and lower nevus-to-melanoma ratios than using DELM and facilitated detection of new and changing lesions. In both cohorts, the majority of melanomas detected on follow-up arose de novo.

The significance of Shallow Thermal Effects from a laser on Collagenous Fibrous Septae and Reticular Dermis

Currently, internal laser-assisted lipolysis (iLAL)1-7 represents an evolving innovative technique that enhances the results over standard liposuction by providing selective thermo-lipolysis and thermo-denaturation of structural proteins in collagen-containing fibrous septae and reticular dermis. Of the two effects, the singular advantage of iLAL resides its ability to deliver sufficient and controlled thermal energy in a dose-response manner for collagen denaturation (water), collagenesis, remodeling and promotion of tissue tightening through coagulation. To date there have been no objective studies that quantify the relationship of lower dermal temperatures to surface skin temperatures that results in measurable shrinkage of tissue areas. This limited clinical study attempts to correlate changes in abdominal skin contraction achieved as a consequence of laser heating from a 1064nm/1320nm device during each phase of the procedure to delineate what contribution, if any, each heated layer provides to skin contraction. The objective observations were correlated to histological findings.

Case Study: Val Lambros, M.D.

To discover what actually happens during facial aging, Dr. Lambros is using the capability of Canfield's VECTRA 3D photography to record and measure the gradual facial changes that occur over the course of this multi-year study. He plans to "follow them for five, ten, fifteen, twenty years...We have real information, not just assumptions."

Case Study: Monte O. Harris, M.D.

Dr. Monte Harris came to appreciate the value of photography in a clinical environment, even before the rapid emergence of digital imaging. His continuing interest in new technology has kept Dr. Harris on the leading edge, not only of medicine, but of clinical imaging, and it is that interest which brought him to Canfield Imaging Systems as he started his practice in Washington, DC.

Case Study: Michael H. Gold, MD.

High quality medical photography is a key component of patient care at the Gold Skin Care Center (GSCC) of Nashville, Tennessee. Seeing clear differences in before and after results drives continuous improvement and growth in patient services, and has established this practice as a leading center for laser and light-based aesthetic services in the region.