Dermoscopy uses an instrument known as a dermatoscope to provide magnified visualization of moles and skin lesions. This technique allows for improvement in the correct diagnosis of benign lesions and melanomas as compared to examination by the naked eye.
Dermoscopy has also been referred to as: surface microscopy, direct skin microscopy and light microscopy.
This type of diagnostic tool is extremely helpful for digital follow up examinations of skin lesions to help accurately notice any changes. When changes are noticed, a biopsy of a lesion will be performed to better clinically and definitively diagnose the lesion.
Microscope with 10 times magnification attached to a light source allows for examination of patterns and skin structures close up. Computer software is used to archive our images allowing our doctors to review any changes at follow up examinations.