Optical biopsy systems are a potential adjunct to the histopathological assessment of tissue specimens; they are not invasive and can give an immediate result. We review the most common optical biopsy techniques used to detect lesions of the head and neck: elastic scattering spectroscopy, microendoscopy, narrow band imaging, fluorescence, and optical coherence tomography, and discuss their clinical use.
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- elastic scattering spectroscopy
- narrow-band imaging
- optical biopsy
- optical coherence tomography
- oral cancer
- skin cancer