Submitted for Publication: February 24, 2011; final revision received December 14, 2011; accepted January 2, 2012.
Author Contributions: Drs Pogorzelski and Gosepath had full access to all the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis. Study concept and design: Pogorzelski, Goetz, Kiesslich, and Gosepath. Acquisition of data: Pogorzelski, Hanenkamp, Goetz, and Gosepath. Analysis and interpretation of data: Pogorzelski, Hanenkamp, Goetz, Kiesslich, and Gosepath. Drafting of the manuscript: Pogorzelski. Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Pogorzelski, Hanenkamp, Goetz, Kiesslich, and Gosepath. Obtained funding: Pogorzelski, Hanenkamp, Kiesslich, and Gosepath. Administrative, technical, and material support: Hanenkamp, Goetz, and Kiesslich. Study supervision: Goetz, Kiesslich, and Gosepath.
Financial Disclosure: Optiscan, Australia provided the rigid confocal instrument without financial compensation during the study period.
Funding/Support: The study was supported by Clinical Trial Centers grant FKN 01KN1103, IZKS Mainz from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Previous Presentation: This manuscript received the Best Prevention and Early Detection Paper award from the American Head and Neck Society during the Combined Otolaryngological Spring Meetings; April 28, 2011; Chicago, Illinois.