In most cases, skin cancer screenings is very time consuming. With this in mind, German scientists have developed a full body dermatological scanner intended to help doctors diagnose skin conditions in the future.
"The scanner delivers standard data for the evaluation of skin. At the same time, it improves documentation of the development every single conspicuous mole," says Dr. Christian Teutsch from the Fraunhofer IFF.
When the exam starts, the surface of the patient's skin is scanned from different positions and broken down into approximately one hundred individual scans. Such image documentation already exists. But the crucial point, however, is that the actual size and changes in growth cannot be clearly discerned solely on the bases of scans.
That is why the Dermascanner generates additional scanned 3D data, which are fused with the 2D scans, thus assigning a scale to every single pixel in the image. The experts are integrating several 3D sensors in the scanner so that this functions.
The scanner was developed by a joint initiative of the University Clinic for Dermatology and Venerology in Magdeburg, Dornheim Medical Images GmbH and Hasomed GmbH, Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF.