The Skin Surveillance Process
The Skin Surveillance Program is a comprehensive skin documentation system designed to expose layers of skin lesions not typically viewed during a regular exam. The Skin Surveillance Program system produces high-resolution diagnostic images and creates a profile for your skin and individual moles that is monitored for any changes over time.
How the Process Works
Taking approximately one hour, the Skin Surveillance Program involves:
- Meeting with a melanographer to discuss medical history and address skin concerns. MoleSafe melanographers may be registered nurses, nurse practitioners or physician assistants with extensive training in methods and protocols developed by MoleSafe
- Total body photography where a series of 25 pictures are taken of 96 percent of the body’s surface. Total body photography helps to create a baseline of your skin in order to identify new and changing lesions during a follow-up exam
- A visual exam is completed examining all lesions. Once it is performed, any abnormal lesion is examined with a dermatoscope. With the dermatoscope, the lesions are exposed to high magnification and intense light to expose what’s below the skin’s surface. This method provides more information about the nature of the mole than a standard visual exam and the SSP captures these detailed images for future comparisons.
- A digital record of the skin where images from the exam are compiled along with other information including lesion coding and history. This record is utilized during follow-ups to track subtle changes in the lesions to determine if they’re benign or malignant
- Creation of a dermatoscopist report comprised of the complete skin record with digital images and clinical information is sent via a secure network to our specialists for assessment. The report—which identifies suspicious lesions with recommendations for treatment and/or ongoing follow up— is then sent to you and your physician
- Educating you on skin cancer risk factors and tips for protecting skin against UV radiation. During this time, a MoleSafe melanographer will meet with you to go in-depth on the importance of maintaining proper skin health and the risks associated with UV exposure
- Following the exam, an extensive written report of your results is sent to you and your doctor with recommendations and instructions for follow-up visits.
For more information on the MoleSafe process or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.