Dermoscopy is medical parlance for ‘mole scanning.’
Hand-held dermoscopy looks like a magnifying glass with a light. The typical hand-held instrument uses polarised light, resulting in an appearance very different to that of a simple close-up of your skin. Over 100 different structures have been named. A full skin examination is a high-tech game of ‘spot the difference.’ Each mole is viewed both in comparison to other moles.
A dedicated mole machine consists of the device, screen, computer & software. The images are very high resolution. Compared with the quiet experience of handheld dermoscopy, the mole machine provides an opportunity for the doctor to explain the analysis to the patient.
A Skin check at South East Skin Clinic utilises a mole machine, an overview scanner and a handheld dermatoscope.