Mobile medical applications for melanoma risk assessment: False assurance or valuable tool?

Chadwick, Xavier, Loescher, Lois, Janda, Monika, & Soyer, H. Peter (2014) Mobile medical applications for melanoma risk assessment: False assurance or valuable tool? In Sprague, R. (Ed.) Proceedings of the 47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2014), IEEE, Waikoloa, HI, pp. 2675-2684.

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With the smartphone revolution, consumer-focused mobile medical applications (apps) have flooded the market without restriction. We searched the market for commercially available apps on all mobile platforms that could provide automated risk analysis of the most serious skin cancer, melanoma. We tested 5 relevant apps against 15 images of previously excised skin lesions and compared the apps' risk grades to the known histopathologic diagnosis of the lesions. Two of the apps did not identify any of the melanomas. The remaining 3 apps obtained 80% sensitivity for melanoma risk identification; specificities for the 5 apps ranged from 20%-100%. Each app provided its own grading and recommendation scale and included a disclaimer recommending regular dermatologist evaluation regardless of the analysis outcome. The results indicate that autonomous lesion analysis is not yet ready for use as a triage tool. More concerning is the lack of restrictions and regulations for these applications.

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ID Code: 88588
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1109/HICSS.2014.337
ISBN: 9781479925049
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Deposited On: 20 Oct 2015 04:11
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2015 04:11

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