Tele-evaluation for mobile skin tumour screening

A study has revealed that clinical image tele-evaluation is the method of choice for mobile skin tumour screening

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.

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