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.

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About Skin Cancer Free

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Participants in this initiative are :

  • Employers who provide screenings to their employees.
  • Dermatologists who provide follow-up care and can also provide screenings.
  • Screening Providers who offer screenings in every U.S. state and throughout the world.
  • Individuals who receive skin cancer screenings.

Participate in this ground-breaking Skin Cancer Screenings for All™ worldwide initiative 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   http://www.publish.csiro.au/HC/HC10268

*2 Emerging technologies for the detection of melanoma: achieving better outcomes, Cila HermanClin Cosmet Investig Dermatol. Published 2012 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3508547/

*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
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0109339