Teledermoscopy – An Emerging Technology for Skin Cancer Detection




dermoscopy, melanoma, skin cancer , skin cancer screening, smartphone, teledermatology, teledermoscopy


Dermatology is facing a worsening scarcity of providers, especially since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. With lengthening waiting periods for skin cancer screening examinations, there is a distinct need for alternatives to in-person evaluation. Delayed diagnosis is associated with poorer outcomes, especially in melanoma. Teledermatology has the potential to prevent the increased morbidity and mortality associated with late-stage diagnosis, especially when utilized with dermoscopy. In the literature, this novel field of “teledermoscopy” has exhibited accuracy and reliability comparable to face-to-face visits and is a promising alternative intervention for those who require triaging or for patients who are unable to access in-person care (rural, underserved populations). Although the early data is promising, formal guidelines for acquisition and interpretation of dermatoscopic images need to be established before wider implementation is possible. With standardization, use at-home or in in primary care offices will with such standardization, may relieve some of the pressure on an overburdened dermatologic care system and help patients who require urgent care to be seen more expediently.


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Delans, K., Goldstein, E., Goldstein, B., Grichnik, J., & Goldstein, A. (2023). Teledermoscopy – An Emerging Technology for Skin Cancer Detection. Telehealth and Medicine Today, 8(1).