Computer software for mole screening with digital dermatoscope.

Indications

Dermatoscopy is a non-invasive technique aimed for early melanoma diagnosis

Description

Dermatoscopy uses a small optical instrument called dermatoscope that allows inspection of skin lesions unobstructed by skin surface reflections. This traditionally consists of a magnifier (typically x10), a non-polarised light source, a transparent plate and a liquid medium between the instrument and the skin.

There is evidence that there is considerable improvement in the sensitivity (detection of melanomas) as well as specificity (percentage of non-melanomas correctly diagnosed as benign), compared with naked eye examination. The accuracy by dermatoscopy was increased up to 20% in the case of sensitivity and up to 10% in the case of specificity, compared with naked eye examination.

Recently this technique has been used to the treatment of non-pigmented lesions. Dermatoscopy is very usefull today for the recognition of non-melanocytic tumors as cutaneous basal cell carcinoma and Bowen disease and others skin growths as seborrheic keratoses, actinic keratoses, dermatofibroma, clear cell acanthoma.

Digital Dermatoscopy consists in image acquisition on IT platform that allow archiving, morphological study and comparative evaluations (follow-up) and tele-consultations.

Hospital Stay

The procedure is carried out as an outpatient

Recovery Time

The patien can get back to his normal routine right after the procedure.