Dermatoscopy (also known as dermoscopy or epiluminescence microscopy) is the examination of skin lesions with a dermatoscope. 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, and allows inspection of skin lesions unobstructed by skin surface reflections. Modern dermatoscopes dispense with the use of liquid medium and instead use polarised light to cancel out skin surface reflections.
This instrument is useful to dermatologists in distinguishing benign from malignant (cancerous) lesions, especially in the diagnosis of melanoma.
With doctors who are experts in the specific field of dermoscopy, the diagnostic accuracy for melanoma is significantly better than for those dermatologists who do not have any specialized training in dermatoscopy. Thus, with specialists trained in dermoscopy, 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.
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We at Pulastya Cadle use Handyscope system by Fotofinder. It converts iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S into a digital dermatoscope for skin examinations. It allows us to take brilliant polarized mole pictures of up to 20X magnification and to save them in the password protected App. Thus handyscope lifts handheld dermoscopy to a new quality level. Geman innovation in dermoscopy and the first of its kind in the world!
Handyscope combines digital dermoscopy with mobility and communication technology. We can use all the iPhone’s connectivity features and securely e-mail your photos across the globe with just a tap. Doctor can email you the dermatoscopy images to you for your future reference thereby taking the skin care to next level.
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