Extensive Skin Cancer Blog.
THE SKIN SCAN TECHNOLOGY
LET’S LOOK AT THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SKIN SCANNER.
WHAT IS A MOLE SCAN?
A skin cancer check requires the use of a specialised instrument called a Dermatoscope which uses a special light & lens to allow the doctor to view skin lesions at high magnification.
WHAT IS A MOLE SCANNER?
Many dermatologists and skin cancer doctors use ‘hand-held’ dermoscopy. This device looks a bit like a magnifying glass with a light.
A typical mole scanner at a skin cancer clinic costs over $25,000. This digital machine is connected to a computer. The mole machine used at South East Skin Clinic has these features:
- Viewing on a computer or LCD screen in real time.
- Magnification to at least 50 times through special lenses.
- Links to dedicated software.
- Mapping of the dermoscopy image to the macro or overview image.
- Side-by-side comparison of the images at a follow-up.
A Skin check at South East Skin Clinic utilises a mole machine, an overview scanner and a handheld dermatoscope.