Dermoscopy is the examination of skin lesions with a Dermatoscope. A Dermatoscope is a tool, which traditionally consists of a magnifier light-source device that when used by a trained specialist allows for enhanced inspection of skin lesions.
Why do we use dermoscopy?
To help differentiate a malignant from a non-malignant skin lesion.
To observe an analyze skin lesions without the hindrance of skin surface reflections.
It may also allow clinicians to determine the surgical margin for skin cancers that are difficult to define with the naked eye.
What are the advantages of using dermoscopy?
Better diagnostic accuracy of skin cancers.
Reduction in unnecessary biopsies and excision operations of benign lesions.
Diagnosis of very early skin cancers.
Monitoring dark moles for changes.
What training is required to perform dermoscopy?
Many Dermatologists gain expertise in residency from various trained physicians.
Annual conferences focus presentations on the latest techniques on using dermoscopy.
Literature and research is continuously being published from Dermatologists who specialize in dermoscopy.