What is Dermaoscopy?
Dermoscopy is a magnified light device with polarized light allows the user to see structures of pigment not visible to the naked eye. Dermoscopy can help a practitioner decide which nevi (moles) need to be biopsied. Dermoscopy does not replace skin biopsy can when used by an experienced practitioner can be a very effective tool to help diagnose melanoma early.
Who needs Dermoscopy?
Dermoscopy can be used in all patients. Patients with many moles or a personal/family history of melanoma will benefit the most from dermoscopy.
Who uses Dermoscopy?
Most often dermatologists are trained to use a dermatoscope depending on the institution where they completed their training. Currently only 30-40% of dermatologists are trained in dermoscopy in the United States, however, dermsocopy is used by most dermatologists in Australia and New Zealand where melanoma rates are much higher.