Scanning for melanoma

Wurm, Elisabeth M. and Soyer, H. Peter (2010) Scanning for melanoma. Australian Prescriber, 33 5: 150-155.

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Author Wurm, Elisabeth M.
Soyer, H. Peter
Title Scanning for melanoma
Journal name Australian Prescriber   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0312-8008
Publication date 2010-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 33
Issue 5
Start page 150
End page 155
Total pages 6
Place of publication Deakin, ACT, Australia
Publisher National Prescribing Service
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Non-invasive diagnostic tools aim at increasing accuracy of melanoma diagnosis. Clinical naked eye observation in combination with dermoscopy can be regarded as the practical reference standard to identify lesions for histopathological evaluation. Pigmented lesions need to be evaluated in the context of patient history to identify risk factors for melanoma, followed by a dermoscopically-aided entire skin examination. Patients with identified risk factors should be further examined. Total body photography is widely used in the follow-up of high-risk patients (particularly those with numerous and dysplastic naevi) and can be coupled with digital dermoscopy or videodermoscopy. New noninvasive diagnostic aids comprise multispectral image analysis, reflectance confocal microscopy and computer assisted diagnostic systems. Also, molecular profiling of lesions is an emerging technique under investigation for melanoma diagnosis. © Copyright 2010 National Prescribing Service Ltd.
Keyword Dermoscopy
Total body photography
Reflectance confocal microscopy
Digital dermoscopy
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