Dermoscopic equipment

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 Authored by: Ralph P. Braun     ·  Philipp Tschandl

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Description handheld dermatoscopes, systems for digital dermoscopyThis glossary term has not yet been described., attachments for smartphonesThis glossary term has not yet been described., tabletsThis glossary term has not yet been described. / cameras attachments for digital cameras, full body imagingThis glossary term has not yet been described. systems etc.
Author(s) Ralph P. Braun · Philipp Tschandl
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Status update February 28, 2018
Status by Ralph P. Braun


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There are many devices for dermoscopyDermoscopy is a non invasive diagnostic method.. We put them into the following categories:

Handheld dermatoscopes:

There many different types of handheld scopesThis glossary term has not yet been described.. There are scopes that use polarized lightThis glossary term has not yet been described. or standard LED light. There are scopes that allow to toggle from polarized to non-polarized. There are scopes that can be attached to a cameraA camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or both. The images may be individual still photographs or sequences of images constituting videos or movies (smartphoneThis glossary term has not yet been described. / tabletThis glossary term has not yet been described.).
I personally prefer scopes that allow to toggle between polarized and non polarized lightThis glossary term has not yet been described. because this provides additional information. I am asked very often which scope I recommend and I always give the same answer: Try it out, hold it in your hand and see which ones feels best for you.


Systems for digital dermoscopyThis glossary term has not yet been described.

There are many different systems for digital dermoscopy on the market. Every system has different features:

  • Storage and retrieval of lesions (clinical and dermoscopy imagesThis glossary term has not yet been described.)
  • Total body imagingThis glossary term has not yet been described.
  • Digital mole monitoringTaking sequential images of pigmentes lesions in order to be able to evaluate change over time.


Computer assisted features:

  • Computer assisted total body imaging
  • Computer assisted diagnosisare systems that assist doctors in the interpretation of medical images. Imaging techniques in X-ray, MRI, and ultrasound diagnostics yield a great deal of information that the radiologist or other medical professional has to analyze and evaluate comprehensively in a short time. CAD systems process digital images for typical appearances and to highlight conspicuous sections, such as possible diseases, in order to offer input to support a decision taken by the professional. of dermoscopy images
  • Computer assisted hair and scalp analysis
  • Automated PASI calculation
  • 3D imaging


They are very different, and the best thing is to try them out under real world conditions in order to find out if the workflow of the software is compatible with your individual workflow.


Attachments for smartphones / tablets / cameras

These attachments will allow you to take dermoscopy images of very good quality. We tried to put them in the following categories:

Cases for smartphones which include optics, illumination and additional battery

These cases adapt to a smartphone or a tablet and provide good image quality. The images can be stored on the phone in specific apps and then be transferred to the medical record or systems for digital dermoscopy:


Attachments for digital cameras (DSLR or others)

Lenses attached to digital cameras provide the best image quality.


Full Body Imaging Systems

Apart from classic digital dermoscopic systems, there are vendors enabling the users to aquire and organise full body images in 2D or 3D. They are either integrated into digital dermoscopic systems, work with smartphones, or have a separate rigging system:


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