What is a dermatoscopy?A dermatoscopy (also known as a dermoscopy or epiluminescence microscopy) is used to look at pigmented skin lesions or moles that might be causing concern. It uses a handheld visual aid device called a dermatoscope, like a magnifying glass, to look at subsurface skin structures in the epidermis which cannot be seen with the naked eye. The specialist will put some oil or gel on to the skin so that the dermatoscope moves around easily to allow close examination. The procedure is safe and does not hurt.
What parts of the body does a dermatoscopy scan?The skin on all parts of the body.
What conditions can a dermatoscopy be used to diagnose or monitor?
- Distinguishing between benign and malignant tumours
- Cancerous lesions: melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma
- Benign skin conditions: Angiomas, dermatofibromas, seborrheic keratosis