Utilization of Optical Coherence Tomography in the Evaluation of Cherry Hemangiomas

J Drugs Dermatol. 2016 Jun 1;15(6):713-4.


Cherry hemangiomas are common vascular proliferative lesions that can be concerning from a cosmetic perspective. Laser therapy is often used to eradicate cherry hemangiomas, but some lesions require multiple treatments or do not resolve at all. The suboptimal response to laser treatment may be due to limitations in penetration depth by vascular lasers such as the pulsed dye laser. Optical coherence tomography is a low-energy, light-based imaging device that can evaluate the depth and extent of vascular lesions such as cherry hemangiomas by allowing visualization of tissue structure and blood vessel architecture, which cannot be appreciated by clinical or dermatoscopic examination alone. We present optical coherence tomography images of a cherry hemangioma to demonstrate the precision and resolution of this imaging modality. Optical coherence tomography provides valuable information that has the potential to predict response to laser therapy without unnecessary attempts. Future prospective studies will determine its value for this purpose. <br /><br /> <em>J Drugs Dermatol. </em>2016;15(6):713-714.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Hemangioma / diagnostic imaging*
  • Hemangioma / radiotherapy
  • Humans
  • Lasers, Dye / statistics & numerical data
  • Skin Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Skin Neoplasms / radiotherapy
  • Tomography, Optical Coherence / statistics & numerical data*