Journal article

Learning a novel technique to identify possible melanomas: are Australian general practitioners better than their U.K. colleagues?

Tony Watson, Fiona M Walter, Annabel Wood, Helen Morris, Per Hall, Simone Karner, Jon Emery

Asia Pacific Family Medicine | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Spectrophotometric intracutaneous analysis (SIAscopy) is a multispectral imaging technique that is used to identify 'suspicious' (i.e. potentially malignant) pigmented skin lesions for further investigation. The MoleMate system is a hand-held scanner that captures SIAscopy images that are then classified by the clinician using a computerized diagnostic algorithm designed for the primary health care setting. The objectives of this study were to test the effectiveness of a computer program designed to train health care workers to identify the diagnostic features of SIAscopy images and compare the results of a group of Australian and a group of English general practitioners (GPs). M..

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