Dermoscopy or mole examination is a computerized technique that allows doctors to make a reliable diagnosis when it comes to moles or pigmented lesions. At “Diva” Clinic, experts in dermatology use MoleMax device – modern technology for mole dermoscopy
by helping experts to spot the difference between pigmented lesions and melanoma.
This diagnostic method is a preoperative examination that gives a three-dimensional picture and provides insight into:
with a diagnostic accuracy of 97 to 98%.
Accurate diagnosis are crucial in the prevention of cancer.
MoleMax creates a high-quality, three-dimensional image stored in the clinic’s database – individually for each patient. Thanks to that, experts of dermatology at “Diva” Clinic can easly compare and monitor changes in your skin that may occur in time. Digital dermoscopy is essential to monitor any pigment lesion. With regular check-ups, (especially individuals with large number of moles), the smallest changes that occur can be detected and eliminated on time.
Accurate diagnosis is crucial in the prevention of cancer.
It is estimated that the reliability of the clinical examination of mole (medical examination with the naked eye) is about 65%. Dermoscopic examination of the mole raises diagnostic accuracy up to 98% and therefore plays an important role in the early detection of melanoma and other skin tumors.
With clinical examination there is almost no insight into the form and structure of blood vessels. It is often crucial to differentiate benign from malignant changes,to determinate whether a change belongs to the group of benign changes (moles, fibroma, viral warts) or to the group of malignant changes (melanoma, basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma) which require urgent and radical treatment.
In addition to reliably distinguishing benign from malignant changes, dermoscopy enables early detection of melanoma and mole changes.
Melanoma – A skin cancer with a high mortality rate, if diagnosed in late stages. Early stage diagnostics are crucial for patients, which was not possible before dermoscopic appliances. For example, in Western Europe, about 80% of melanomas are detected at an early stage by dermoscopic examination, which significantly increases the chances of curing. If there is a suspicion of melanoma after dermoscopy, first step is to remove the skin change, and then the final diagnosis is made after histopathology.
Mole– self-examination of the moles is recommended every 3 months, and dermoscopy on dermatologist’s recommendation, due to the increasing frequency of skin tumors.
Dermoscopy with MoleMax device is extremely important for all patients to notice on time any changes in moles, especially for high risk groups of patients, such are:
because this method allows the entire skin surface to be inspected and monitored every 3, 6 or 12 months, according to the need and dynamics determined by the dermatologist.
Patients belonging to one of these high-risk groups should have a dermoscopic examination regularly.
If you notice any mole changes, a dermoscopy is required. If the mole:
Moles which have atypical appearance, even when there is no suspicion of melanoma. They are also monitored every 3, 6 or 12 months, after which the dermoscopic images are compared. After that, experts in dermatology decide are they going to be removed and tested.
Dermoscopy is also recommended for the monitoring of congenital moles, especially if their diameter is longer than 10 centimeters.
An examination of all moles on the body with their marking and recording is known as dermoscopic map (mole mapping). Some time after the first examination, which is determined by a dermatologist, new mole mapping is done to be compared with the previous ones. This way, all moles are monitored, and whether and what changes have occurred.
The dermoscopic map is recommended for everybody, especially those belonging to risk groups.
It is recommended that a dermoscopy should be done at least once a year, due to increasing number of tumors. Warts, moles and other skin lesions can represent potential malignant cancers, so dermoscopy with MoleMax device is highly recommended. In that case, the doctor will be able to make a decision on time – does the mole needs to be removed, and which technique of removal will be appropriate.