What is videodermatoscopy?
Currently, videodermatoscopy is the most advanced, non-invasive method of diagnosing skin changes. It involves displaying the area being studied, most often a nevus, on a computer screen magnified up to 200 times, thus making it possible to notice its morphological qualities not visible to the human eye.
Videodermatoscopy gives us a chance for an early detection of small melanomas, as well as for the analysis and long-term observation of nevi with the possibility of their careful documentation and comparison during follow-up examinations.
What are the indications for videodermatoscopy?
- light complexion, fair hair and eyes, multiple freckles
- tendency to sunburn
- family history of skin neoplasms (melanoma cases in family members)
- numerous nevi and pigmentation disorders (over 50)
- frequent sunbathing or indoor tanning
- a new, rapidly-growing nevus which itches, peels off, bleeds, has irregular shape and colour, and changes its appearance fast
- previous case of melanoma
The examination allows to discern the lesions which should be excised from those which need not be removed.
What does the examination look like?