Enhanced skin self-examination : a novel approach to skin cancer monitoring and follow-up

Janda, Monika, Loescher, Lois J., & Soyer, H. Peter (2013) Enhanced skin self-examination : a novel approach to skin cancer monitoring and follow-up. JAMA Dermatology, 149(2), pp. 231-236.

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Abstract

Advances in mobile telephone technology and available dermoscopic attachments for mobile telephones have created a unique opportunity for consumer-initiated mobile teledermoscopy. At least 2 companies market a dermoscope attachment for an iPhone (Apple), forming a mobile teledermoscope. These devices and the corresponding software applications (apps) enable (1) lesion magnification (at least ×20) and visualization with polarized light; (2) photographic documentation using the telephone camera; (3) lesion measurement (ruler); (4) adding of image and lesion details; and (5) e-mail data to a teledermatologist for review. For lesion assessment, the asymmetry-color (AC) rule has 94% sensitivity and 62 specificity for melanoma identification by consumers [1]. Thus, consumers can be educated to recognize asymmetry and color patterns in suspect lesions. However, we know little about consumers' use of mobile teledermoscopy for lesion assessment.

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ID Code: 61300
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: melanoma, telediagnosis, teledermoscopy, skin-examination, skin cancer
DOI: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.1218
ISSN: 2168-6068
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 American Medical Association. All rights reserved.
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2013 23:37
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2014 04:59

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