This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition skin cancer
Treatment optical imaging
Sponsor M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Collaborator National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
Start date January 2007
End date January 2019
Trial size 55 participants
Trial identifier NCT00432471, 1R21DE016485-01, 2006-0493, NCI-2015-01901


The goal of this clinical research study is to evaluate an experimental imaging technology, the multispectral digital microscope (MDM), which may help doctors see how far skin cancer extends (widens out) on an area of skin. Researchers want to learn if this new technology can help doctors identify the exact areas involved in precancerous or cancerous changes in the skin.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Intervention model single group assignment
Primary purpose diagnostic
Masking no masking
Imaging using the multispectral digital microscope (MDM), a system that shines different colors of light on the skin and takes pictures of fluorescence and reflectance on the skin area.
optical imaging
Imaging using the multispectral digital microscope (MDM), a system that shines different colors of light on the skin and takes pictures of fluorescence and reflectance on the skin area.

Primary Outcomes

Evaluate use of fluorescence and reflectance imaging, and confocal microscopy for non-invasive detection of skin tumor margins in head and neck region
time frame: 4 Years

Eligibility Criteria

All participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: 1. Patients who will be undergoing surgery to remove a region of skin suspected of containing non-melanoma skin cancer will be eligible to participate in this study. The proposed resection should be equal or greater than 1 cm in diameter. 2. In addition, patients undergoing induction chemotherapy or biologic therapy prior to surgical resection are also eligible. 3. Patients must sign an informed consent indicating awareness of the investigational nature of this study. Exclusion Criteria: 1. Patients with non-melanoma skin cancer lesion at eyelid, or in case that the lesion extends to superior or inferior eyelid, this area will not be imaged. 2. Persons who are medically unfit to undergo resection of skin lesions. 3. Persons under the age of 18.

Additional Information

Official title Evaluation of Optical Imaging for Margin Delineation of Non-melanoma Skin Cancers
Principal investigator Ann M. Gillenwater, MD
Description All tissue and cells are made of tiny particles that give off small amounts of light. This light is called fluorescence. Researchers have learned that cancerous cells and normal cells give off different amounts and different types of fluorescence. Cancerous cells and normal cells also reflect (bounce back) light differently. Researchers want to better understand if light fluorescence and reflectance (a measure of the ability of a material to reflect sunlight) from the skin can be used to tell which cells may be cancerous. Researchers have developed the MDM system in order to better understand how cancer changes the light fluorescence and reflectance in skin. The MDM system shines different colors of light on the skin and takes pictures of fluorescence and reflectance on the skin area through a microscope. The pictures will then be studied to better understand the differences in fluorescence and reflectance in abnormal and normal cells. If you agree to take part in this study, an area of your skin will first be examined under standard white light. A researcher will then use the MDM imaging instrument to take pictures of abnormal-looking and normal skin areas. The researcher will mark 2-4 areas of your skin with a marker. During your surgery, you will have a small sample from a normal-looking area collected and 1 or 2 samples collected, from abnormal-looking areas of the skin. Each sample from abnormal-looking tissue will be about 3-4 millimeters wide (about the size of a small pencil eraser). After the skin lesion has been removed, but before it is needed for review by the pathologist or surgeon, the removed tissue will be examined using the MDM imaging instrument and standard white light. The edges of the removed lesion will then be examined with another type of microscope, a confocal microscope, which allows researchers to see the very small cells in the tissue. The exact location that was imaged with this microscope will be marked on the tissue, and the findings will be recorded. The tissue will then be checked by the pathologist according to standard procedures. You will not be told of any of the experimental findings. Information about the diagnosis will be available to your treating doctor. Your name and any personal identifying information (such as your name, social security number, or medical record number) will be coded to protect your privacy. This is an investigational study. Up to 55 patients will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at MD Anderson.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in March 2017.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.