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Radiology Research and Practice
Volume 2012, Article ID 814396, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/814396
Review Article

Sonography of the Primary Cutaneous Melanoma: A Review

Department of Radiology, Clinica Servet, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile, Almirante Pastene 150, Providencia, Santiago, Chile

Received 28 July 2011; Revised 11 October 2011; Accepted 13 November 2011

Academic Editor: Christiane A. Voit

Copyright © 2012 Ximena Wortsman. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The diagnosis and management of primary cutaneous melanoma have traditionally relied on clinical and histological characteristics. Nevertheless, in recent years there has been a significant growth in the usage of ultrasound for studying the cutaneous layers. Thus, the present paper focuses on the primary lesion, its sonographic characteristics, the potential benefits of early imaging, and the new developments on the ultrasound field applied to cutaneous melanoma.