Little was previously known about the diagnostic accuracy of mobile teledermatology services. In this study, the researchers compared the diagnostic accuracy of clinical and dermoscopic image tele-evaluation for mobile skin tumour screening.
Over a three-month period, images were taken using either a mobile phone camera or a dermoscope. Results were compared with those taken from a face-to-face consultation and histopathology. The researchers found that clinical image tele-evaluation was superior to teledermoscopy; both types of tele-evaluation had strong concordance with face-to-face examination and histopathology.
Kroemer S, Fruhauf J, Campbell TM et al. Br J Dermatol 2011; 164: 973-9.