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Computerized Skin Cancer Detection System
We are pleased to be the first Dermatology Office in Central Florida to offer this new technology.
This exciting cutting edge technology has had over 10+ years of international Research & Development (Australia, Germany and USA) and is the gold standard for monitoring suspicious skin lesions / moles (potential Melanoma’s) in world renowned centers.
The scanning is completely safe and painless. It can easily be done on children and even on women that are pregnant.
SolarScan®’s primary function is to provide Dr. Meisenheimer with diagnostic assistance by collecting digitalized pictures of suspicious lesions/ moles. Lesions are then analyzed by the computer and after a comparison to an internationally collected database of known skin cancers a report is generated. The digital image is then saved for future comparison on routine semi annual / annual monitoring check-ups. Subtle changes in the lesions can be easily detected on follow up. Digital Monitoring of skin lesions has proven to be very sensitive in detecting possible problem skin lesions (freckles / moles).
FAQ on the SolarScan®
How do I get SolarScan® done?
After an examination by Dr. Meisenheimer, if lesions are identified as needing scanning, he will recommend this to you. On the same visit the lesions will be scanned and recorded. Dr. Meisenheimer will review the report and then on subsequent visits the same moles will be rescanned to check for changes.
Where do you find the SolarScan® most useful?
Definitely in long term follow up of Melanocytic nevi (moles) that have some slight irregularity but are just not suspicious enough to biopsy at the present time. My concern is possible change over time with these lesions. Photographs will not detected subtle dermatoscopic changes and with adermatologist looking at thousands of moles each month it is impossible to remember how a mole looked 6 months ago. The SolarScan® is a giant leap forward in the detection of these early changes. The computer analysis can give an exact reading and clearly identify even the slightest of changes from one visit to the next.
Does the SolarScan® replace the dermatologist?
Absolutely not! The device is a tool used by the dermatologist which may help with early detection of suspicious lesions. It does not replace a careful examination of the skin by a board certified dermatologist. It is not used to check all lesions just those identified by a dermatologist as needing more detailed follow up.
Why not SolarScan® all my skin growths and just biopsy all the ones that have a high suspicion index analysis?
Unfortunately the computer is not a dermatologist. It cannot separate benign lesions such as seborrheic keratosis (age spots) from suspicious moles. The dermatologist evaluates the lesions before scanning and selects the correct type of lesion for scanning. Use of the SolarScan® by non-dermatologists can lead to improper selection of growths to be scanned and ultimately needless biopsies.
Who makes the decision on when a growth is biopsied the dermatologist or the computer?
The dermatologist makes the decision. The computer analysis is a report that the doctor has to interpret with his clinical assessment of the lesion. In my clinic I will biopsy any lesion that I feel is suspicious regardless of what the report may say. On the other hand the computer analysis is an important piece of information to consider if clinically the lesion is difficult to evaluate.
How much does it cost?
Cost varies depending on the number of moles to be scanned. The cost is similar to dental x-rays used on a routine basis by your dentist and is typically affordable for most. Unfortunately this is new technology and is not covered by insurance.
Last modified: 10/19/08