FDA Approves New Device to Spot Melanoma

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  November 3, 2011 at 12:34 PM Medical Gadgets
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FDA approves MelaFind, a device designed by Mela Sciences, that helps dermatologists decide whether to order a skin biopsy of suspected melanoma- the deadliest form of skin cancer which is responsible for 75% of skin cancer fatalities.
 FDA Approves New Device to Spot Melanoma
FDA Approves New Device to Spot Melanoma

The device uses a special dermoscope to view the skin through a thin layer of alcohol or oil. The device takes 'digital images of skin growths' and compares them to a database of thousands of scans for signs of melanoma. MelaFind provides information about pigmented skin lesions to help determine whether to order biopsy.

MelaFind cannot be used to confirm a clinical diagnosis. It is intended to aid, but not replace, melanoma screening by expert dermatologists. This technology is a breakthrough in early melanoma detection.

Source: Medindia

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