Help with suspected melanoma

Dermatofluoroscopy is a method to support the diagnosis of malignant melanoma. The melanin in the skin tissue is examined and important information from skin layers is provided, which helps your doctor to decide on the next treatment steps.

When can I use DermaFC?

The DermaFC is a device to support doctors.

 

Your doctor will first visually examine you for potentially malignant melanomas as part of the normal treatment procedure. This will check for abnormalities and changes in your pigmented skin areas (e.g. birthmarks). If the doctor finds a suspicious area of skin where a malignant melanoma is suspected, the DermaFC can provide further information to support the diagnosis.

How does the examination with the DermaFC work?

The examination can take place directly in the doctor's office. After a short preparation, the scan head is attached to the skin with a cover and the suspicious skin area is scanned point by point. At the end, an algorithm evaluates the results of the scan points and calculates a score, which represents a recommendation for the doctor and further treatment.

 

The examination is painless and non-invasive.

How does DermaFC detect melanomas?

The melanoma originates from the pigment building cells of the skin or mucous membrane, the so-called melanocytes. There, melanin is formed as protection against UV radiation, the pigment responsible for the brown colouring of the skin. An increased concentration of melanin may indicate a degeneration of the melanocytes

How does DermaFC detect melanomas?

In dermatofluoroscopy, melanin is stimulated by weak laser pulses which cause it to fluoresce, i.e. to glow by itself. This glow contains a light spectrum, similar to a rainbow, which is analyzed by DermaFC.

 

In degenerated melanocytes, this light spectrum shifts to the red range. If the DermaFC identifies many, clustered cells with a high proportion of red, the physician is advised to remove the lesion.

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