How To "Cutting Back on Melanoma Biopsies? - BNA iTech


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Monday, August 24, 2015

How To "Cutting Back on Melanoma Biopsies?

The most deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma, a huge number of dangerous-looking moles are actually harmless, but has always been impossible to know for sure without an invasive surgical biopsy. 

What is melanoma?
The dermatologist also may feel the patient’s lymph nodes. Many people call these lymph glands. If the biopsy report says that the patient has melanoma, the report also may tell the stage of the melanoma. Stage tells the doctor how deeply the cancer has grown into the skin. 

The goal is to reduce the number of patients left with unnecessary biopsy scars, with the added benefit of eliminating the cost of unnecessary procedures. The MelaFind optical scanner is not for definitive diagnosis but rather to provide additional information a doctor can use in determining whether or not to order a biopsy. The Department of Defense to optically scan the surface of a suspicious lesion at 10 electromagnetic wavelengths. The collected signals are processed using heavy duty algorithms and matched against a registry of 10,000 digital images of melanoma and skin disease.

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