Systems for digital dermoscopy

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Description In this chapter we describe systems for digital dermoscopyThis glossary term has not yet been described. and their features such as computer assisted 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.
Author(s) Ralph P. Braun · Philipp Tschandl
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Status released
Status update July 2, 2018
Status by Ralph P. Braun


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There are many different systems for digital dermoscopy on the market. Every system has different features, including Storage and retrieval of lesions (clinical and dermoscopy imagesA representation of a person, animal or thing, photographed, painted or otherwise made visible.); total body imagingThis glossary term has not yet been described.; and digital mole monitoringTaking sequential images of pigmentes lesions in order to be able to evaluate change over time..
In addition, some systems use 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 imagingThis glossary term has not yet been described.


Every system is very different than the other, and the best thing is to try them out in real world conditions in order to find out if the workflow of the software is compatible with your individual workflow. Some examples include:



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