Digital imaging (photography using computers) is an important aid in the monitoring, evaluation and detection of skin cancers. We use digital monitoring to:
- Closely examine skin lesions at high (30x) magnification
- Monitor skin lesions over time, to detect suspicious changes
- Automatically analyise characteristics of skin lesions such as symmetry, borders, size, presence of suspicious colours and structures
- Record the location of skin lesions in selected body areas (or the whole body) and pinpoint new or changing skin lesions
Based on the photographs of your skin lesions, we can decide whether:
- there is a reasonable possibility of skin cancer and the spot must be removed
- the chance of skin cancer is low, and the spot may be kept under observation and re-photographed later.
We use the Molemax digital imaging system to photograph, and analyse and store images of atypical spots and moles. The Molemax camera magnifies skin lesions 30 times and illuminates them with a polarised light, which reduces reflection from the top layer of skin. This allows us to easily observe the characteristics of your skin lesion and check for changes in your spots over time.
The cost of digital skin imaging is not covered by Medicare, but some private health insurance companies will pay a benefit under their extras schemes.