All You Need To Know About Dermoscopy and the Tools Required

Skin conditions are alarmingly on the rise with a shockingly high number of individuals suffering from skin cancer, and many having eczema or other skin disorders. The increase in the rate of pollution and the constant exposure to it can often lead to many skin problems. Also, with the ozone layer of the sun thinning, the skin is more sensitive towards the sun and its harmful radiations, resulting in rise in number of cases of skin cancer and other skin related diseases. The constant stress and pressure that we currently live in also reflects on the skin resulting in skin disorders.

If there are appearances of any kinds of warts or lesions on the skin, or if it does not look normal or something is amiss in comparison to your usual skin appearance, it is best to get it checked by a professional dermatologist. And this brings us to dermoscopy.

What is Dermoscopy?

It is referred to the process of examining and observing the skin, both normal skin and the moles present, to check for skin diseases and make the appropriate diagnosis.

How and using what tool is the skin examined?

The skin is examined using a specific tool called Dermlite Australia and around the world. This tool helps make a diagnosis for skin cancer and other skin disorders too, in a non invasive manner by the trained naked eye itself.

The dermalite is a device that has a magnification lens along with LED lighting (light emitting diode lighting) and polarizing filters that help to reduce the glare. Owing to these polarizing filters the need for making contact with the skin physically to examine it is eliminated and also does away with the need for liquids to make an examination and diagnosis. Thus, the dermalite aids in making a very quick examination that is convenient as well.

The dermalite has a number of advantages –

  • It is portable

Other devices used for examining the skin are not hand held or as portable as the dermalite. In fact, the dermalite can be carried anywhere by the dermatologist or related medical staff.

  • It is efficient

Earlier to examine skin lesions and to make a diagnosis various immersion fluids were required for observing the skin underneath a magnifying device. This process required a set up which was time consuming. However, the need for such liquids is completely eliminated. The examination is made rapidly with a dermalite, therefore doing away with the need for lengthy setups and preparation. This efficiency allows doctors to examine more number of lesions in a day and help diagnose problems faster, thus ensuring timely treatment.

Also, the dermalite uses white LED light which saves energy and lasts much longer as compared to the traditional yellow bulbs which have a short span of life and consume more energy.

The need for Dermoscopy

Dermoscopy aided with devices, like dermalite, are helpful because –

  • It improves the diagnosis rate of melanoma that too in an in vivo environment and also ensures that the diagnosis is accurate.
  • Dermoscopy is so efficient and accurate that it can help distinguish between melanoma and normal skin lesions.
  • With the accuracy comes ease of diagnosis thus eliminating the need of unneeded or unnecessary biopsies.
  • The process is easy to perform, thus being convenient and boosting confidence of clinicians and revolutionizing the field of diagnosis.