Digital Monitoring for Moles

Independent dermatologists consulting from Eastern Suburbs Dermatology utilise the services and facilities provided by ESD, including a skin imaging system to map a patient’s moles, to assist in the monitoring and early detection of melanoma.

If you have a large number of moles your specialist may advise you to have your moles mapped as a more accurate way of monitoring your moles for change.

Mapping utilises the following proven tools to assist in both the diagnosis and monitoring of moles:

  • Dermoscopy
  • Sequential monitoring of suspect moles
  • Total body photography

After your moles have been mapped, on subsequent visits to your dermatologist he/she can compare these baseline photographs on the day of your check-up. Dermoscopy or dermatoscopy is a tool used daily by your dermatologist to assess lesions on your skin more closely – essentially a 10 x illuminated magnification device is used to look at the patterns in moles, pigment marks and other skin lesions to look for features that assist in making more accurate diagnoses and minimising the need for skin biopsies. Dermoscopy can also help to guide the decision to biopsy and with sequential imaging – to detect areas of change that would justify biopsy or complete removal of the suspect lesion.

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Dermatologists consulting from Eastern Suburbs Dermatology provide consultative and procedural services are all Fellows of the Australasian College of Dermatologists.

Practising individual dermatologists consulting from Eastern Suburbs Dermatology have sub-specialisation interests in paediatric dermatology, surgical dermatology, and women’s and cosmetic dermatology.