Journal article

Successful triage of patients referred to a skin lesion clinic using teledermoscopy (IMAGE IT trial)

E Tan, A Yung, M Jameson, A Oakley, M Rademaker

BRITISH JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY | WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC | Published : 2010

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Teledermatology is a rapidly growing field with studies showing high diagnostic accuracy when compared with face-to-face diagnosis. Teledermoscopy involves the use of epiluminescence microscopy to increase diagnostic accuracy. The utility of teledermoscopy as a triage tool has not been established. OBJECTIVES: To assess teledermoscopy as a triage tool for a hospital skin lesion clinic. METHODS: Patients referred to a dermatology skin lesion clinic were recruited. Digital and dermoscopic photographs were taken of skin lesions of concern and the patients were then seen independently face-to-face by two out of three dermatologists. The digital images were evaluated 4 weeks later, as..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by a research grant from the Waikato Medical Research Foundation ( Inc.), New Zealand and the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Division of the Cancer Society of New Zealand. We thank MoleMap New Zealand for providing us with the equipment necessary for the teleconsultation aspect, Alastair Sharfe, software development manager and Carolyn Atkinson, the melanographer involved in this trial.