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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2004 October;139(5):449-54

Copyright © 2004 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English, Italian

Digital technology in dermatoscopy

Andreassi L. 1, Rubegni P. 1, Burroni M. 1, Dell’Eva G. 2, Fimiani M. 1

1 Section of Dermatology Department of Clinical Medicine and Immunological Sciences University of Siena, Siena, Italy, 2 Legatumori Senese, Siena, Italy


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Since advanced cutaneous melanoma is still incurable, early diagnosis is an important step towards a reduction in mortality. From the diagnostic viewpoint, in the last years accuracy has greatly improved since dermatologists learned to use techniques, such as epiluminescence light microscopy. However, qualitative evaluation of the many morphological characteristics of pigmented skin lesions observable by epiluminescence light microscopy is often extremely complex and subjective. With the aim of obviating these problems of qualitative interpretation, methods and instruments based on mathematical analysis of pigmented skin lesions, such as digital dermoscopy analysis, have recently been developed. Digital techniques permitting analysis of computer images framed by videocamera have opened new horizons in this field. In fact digital dermoscopy analysis gathers numerical data enables skin lesion images to be described objectively. These methods are important not only in the field of diagnosis but also in research and teaching

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