SDDI: Is last month’s mole becoming next month’s melanoma?

How Sequential Digital Dermoscopy Imaging (SDDI) can help find early developing skin cancers, help your doctor or dermatologist provide better treatment, and save lives – one image at a time.

Many of us have regular skin exams by our doctor or dermatologist. They’re looking for obvious things – a growth that is unexplained, or a mole that we notice is suddenly changing and is bothering us or altering our appearance.  Often these examinations find problems too late, since by the time a growth bothers us, it can already be a serious issue.

Whole Body Photography and SDDI can often find problems before they become more serious issues.

SDDI is a complicated term for a relatively simple concept.  A digital picture, or series of pictures, is taken of areas on your body that look like they may possibly develop into problems, and then other pictures are taken at a later time of exactly the same area.

SDDI - Skin Cancer LesionsThese digital images are stored in your personal skin image history file, compared to images taken before,  and then reviewed by an expert Dermatologist, looking for changes that have occurred over time.  High quality images, using recent innovations, not only allow comparison of size and shape, but also color and depth. Research studies have shown that digital monitoring can detect melanomas earlier*1, and that earlier detection can mean better outcomes*2.

New Technology

New imaging technology and analysis techniques provide a significantly better opportunity for evaluation of the less obvious changes that may indicate a problem.  Studies are progressing to determine how these new technologies and methodologies may affect outcomes and the cost of treating melanoma*3.

Other new technologies, like IBM’s Watson, are being developed to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to assist your doctors in their diagnosis and treatment using vast digital libraries of images.  These AI systems offer great promise for the future.

How can you take advantage of these new technologies?

Get a regular skin cancer examination.  Look for someone expert in Whole Body Photography and SDDI.   A complete exam can now include the use of very high quality digital imaging cameras (Dermatoscopes), whole body cameras, color-controlled lenses and lights, high resolution monitors, and sophisticated software – all of which can allow an expert dermatologist to provide a more accurate evaluation and allow your doctor to provide earlier and more focused treatment.  The quality of the Dermatoscope, in particular, can make a significant difference.  All skin cancer examinations provided in Skin Cancer Free’s collaborative research project use technology leading Dermatoscopes from German manufacturer Visiomed.

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Advanced Skin Cancer Screening (ASCS) Research Project using SDDI

Skin Cancer Free is collaborating with the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute to advance skin cancer research.  A variety of new examination techniques and technologies are being tested when providing early ASCS Examinations to people throughout the U.S., and expanding screenings to people not normally seeing a dermatologist for their skin care.   All of these new techniques use the latest Whole Body Photography and SDDI technologies.

Skin Cancer Free is also contracting with an independent company, DermDetect, LLC., to provide the ASCS Examinations.  DermDetect has integrated this sophisticated cloud-based technology to provide ASCS Examinations locally and to allow OHSU to provide readings of examination results remotely to you and your local physician.

This ground-breaking ASCS Examination Project intends to provide screenings to over 100,000 people.

Participants in this collaboration come from multiple sources:

  • Corporations making ASCS Examinations available to their employees.
  • Doctors and Dermatologists who are part of the research collaboration, and who also may make ASCS Examinations available for their patients.
  • Individuals wanting to receive ASCS Examinations.

Participate in this ground-breaking effort now or get more information here.

Research References

*1  Digital monitoring by whole body photography and sequential digital dermoscopy detects thinner melanomas.  Marius Rademaker and Amanda Oakley, Journal of Primary Health Care Published: 2010

*2 Emerging technologies for the detection of melanoma: achieving better outcomes, Cila HermanClin Cosmet Investig Dermatol. Published 2012

*3 Selective Use of Sequential Digital Dermoscopy Imaging Allows a Cost Reduction in the Melanoma Detection Process. Isabelle Tromme, Brecht Devleesschauwer, Philippe Beutels, Pauline Richez, Nicolas Praet, Laurine Sacré, Liliane Marot, Pascal Van Eeckhout, Ivan Theate, Jean-François Baurain, Julien Lambert, Catherine Legrand, Luc Thomas, Niko Speybroeck Published: 2014