Digital Mole Mapping
Digital mole mapping involves taking high quality digital images of moles, storing them on a computer with a location marker and then reviewing those same moles after a certain period of time. This allows the dermatologist to accurately check for any changes of a specific mole
What are the advantages of mole mapping?
Mole mapping is intended to diagnose melanoma at the earliest possible stage, by identifying new melanocytic lesions or change in pre-existing melanocytic lesions. These features may be suspicious of melanoma if the lesion also has a disordered structure clinically or on dermoscopy.
Compared to self skin examination or an examination by a non-specialist doctor, mole mapping as described above has the following advantages:
- The previous record can be used to determine whether a lesion of concern is new or has changed
- If the doctor determines that a lesion has the criteria for removal, this can be done at the earliest possible stage, reducing the risk of melanoma and minimising surgery
- If a lesion is new or has changed, but does not reach the threshold for removal, it can be re-imaged and watched carefully
- Lesions that do have not structural disorder and have not changed are very unlikely to be melanoma so may not need to be removed, reducing the potential cost, risks and complications of surgery
- Digital mole mapping may be undertaken near where you live, reducing the need to visit a dermatologist at a remote centre
- Earlier expert evaluation – in many areas there may be a long delay to get an appointment with a dermatologist
- Reassurance to the patient and their health practitioner(s)
This video details our mole mapping device: The FotoFinder