Overview Of Dermoscopy

Dermoscopy is the examination of the skin structures and patterns with a dermatoscope. It is also known as dermatoscopy, epiluminescence microscopy, incident light microscopy and skin-surface microscopy. Dermoscopy is performed with a handheld instrument called a dermatoscope. The procedure allows for the visualization of subsurface skin structures in the epidermis, at the dermoepidermal junction, and in the upper dermis. These structures are usually not visible to the naked eye.

 

     
Dermlite DL4 dermatoscope examination of the skin structures and patterns with a dermatoscope

 

 

A dermatoscope allows skin doctors to distinguish benign from malignant tumors, particularly in the diagnosis of melanoma. Other cancerous lesions that can be diagnosed by dermatoscopy include angiomas, basal cell carcinomas, cylindromas, dermatofibromas, seborrheic keratosis and squamous cell carcinomas.

A vast array of accessories available on the market, such as phone or camera attachments, allow video or still photography.

     
DermLite Foto X dermatoscope DermLite Foto II Pro dermatoscope lense DermLite DL4 with phone attachment case

 

 

Digital dermatoscopy, also known as video dermatoscopy, aids clinicians in monitoring potentially cancerous skin lesions. Digital Skin Imaging Systems such as MoleMax aid in diagnosis by comparing the new image with stored cases with typical features of benign and malignant pigmented skin lesions. Computer software can be used to archive dermoscopy images and allow expert diagnosis and reporting such as mole mapping.

     
MoleMax HD SkinDoc PhotoMax Software