Handheld dermatoscopes

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 Editor: Ralph P. Braun

 Author(s): Ralph P. Braun     ·  Philipp Tschandl
Description In this chapter we describe the different types of scopes for dermoscopyThe examination of [skin lesions] with a 'dermatoscope'. This traditionally consists of a magnifier (typically x10), a non-polarised light source, a transparent plate and a liquid medium between the instrument and the skin, and allows inspection of skin lesions unobstructed by skin surface reflections. Modern dermatoscopes dispense with the use of liquid medium and instead use polarised light to cancel out skin surface reflections. (dermatoscopes).
Author(s) Ralph P. Braun · Philipp Tschandl
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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 mode. Some scopes can also 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.).
It is the author's preference to use scopes that allow toggling between polarized and non polarized lightThis glossary term has not yet been described. because it provides additional information. When asked which scope is most recommended, the author's answer is - Try it out, hold it in your hand and see which ones feels best for you.

Here are some examples of handheld dermatoscopes that are currently on the market:

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