CBC's Dr. Lin has recently recognized MoleScope, our smartphone dermatoscope as being one of these valuable tools in dermatology. Due to the rising rates in smartphone usage, companies are developing tools to support patients in their health, such as for the early detection of skin cancer.
In order to provide quality care while promoting the early detection of skin cancer, patients must be involved in their skin health. In addition to providing patients with educational resources, dermatologists are now able to offer MoleScope- a mobile dermoscope designed for in-home use.
In part 1 we investigated the accuracy of diagnoses with the use of digital dermoscopes like MoleScope II in contrast to without the use of a device. Part two will provide a more comprehensive look at cost-effectiveness while discussing potential methods for enhancing care in dermatology.
Studies show a majority of dermatologists use a dermoscope, as it is an essential part of their practice. Although generally agreed that a digital dermatoscope valuable for the early detection of skin cancer and other skin conditions, the cost-effectiveness of this device remains widely speculated.
Dermatoscopes are valuable in the dermatology industry through advancements like integration with artificial intelligence. Medical professionals are now able to connect their dermatoscope directly to their smartphone/tablet for high-quality imaging for conditions like skin cancer.