Only center in the world fully dedicated to dermatologic ultrasound!
Ranked number 1 on the highest number of scientific publications and citations in this field !
The Institute for Diagnostic Imaging and
Research of the Skin and Soft Tissues
(IDIEP) is a high-technology center
specialized in the imaging study of the
skin and soft tissues. This center is a pioneer
in color Doppler ultrasound imaging
of the dermatological field.
The mission of this center is to support
the early diagnosis of dermatological
and soft tissue lesions by providing
efficient, effective, personalized and high
quality attention, using state of the art equipment and highly trained staff.
IDIEP is also committed to education and research by collaborating with other centers and universities worldwide.
The skin is the largest organ in the
human body and can be affected by
multiple diseases. In this center,
imaging studies are performed on
benign and malignant tumors of the
skin and soft tissues, to detect them, characterize their type, define their
real extent in the different anatomic
layers and provide information on
These imaging examinations allow a
better planning of the treatments,
decreasing the possibility of
recurrences and improving the cosmetic prognosis of the patient.
Many other pathologies can be studied and followed up using this technology - such as
vascular anomalies (for example: hemangiomas or vascular malformations), nail
lesions, diseases of the oral cavity and the scalp.
This method also allows the study of
complications of a wide range of
cosmetic procedures such as filler
injections or some plastic surgery
problems. Moreover, with ultrasound it is
possible to discriminate the type and
extension of cosmetic fillers that have
been previously injected. This is very
important for assessment of their
Since color Doppler ultrasound is a
noninvasive and safe technology there
are no risks of complications that are
usually present when other imaging
techniques are used which imply the usage of intravenous contrast medium. This imaging
method shows a very good balance between resolution and penetration without losing definition
when the penetration is increased.
Como el ultrasonido Doppler color es un método no invasivo y seguro permite estudiar y controlar al paciente sin someterlo a los riesgos de la inyección de medios de contraste endovenoso que se utilizan en otras técnicas de imágenes. Esta técnica posee un muy buen balance entre resolución y penetración sin perder definición al aumentar la profundidad del estudio.
These imaging examinations are performed
by a radiologist who is highly specialized in dermatological pathology. The medical
director of the center is Dr. Ximena
Wortsman, who has been working in this
field for more than 12 years. She has many publications in peer reviewed journals
and two books entirely dedicated to the application of variable frequency
ultrasound in dermatology.
Through these links you can access Dr Wortsman`s CV, Dr. Wortsman`s
Publications and review her books Textbook of Dermatologic Ultrasound, Atlas of Dermatologic Ultrasound and
Dermatologic Ultrasound with Clinical and Histologic Correlations
The official languages spoken in our institution are Spanish and English.
Lo Fontecilla 201, of 734, Las
Condes, Santiago, Chile
Entrance to Parking through Las Condes Avenue close to the corner
with Lo Fontecilla.
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