WHAT IS TOTAL BODY PHOTOGRAPHY?
Total Body Photography (TBP) is the term used to describe the taking of photographs of the entire body so as to have a complete record of all lesions (spots) on the body. This allows for easy analysis, documentation and monitoring of all your skin and for easy future comparisons. Sunspot is offering this new service to all patients who have multiple lesions which are difficult to keep track of and anyone who would like a photographic account of their moles for their own records.
The key to the management of skin cancer is early detection. This allows for constant monitoring of the skin, even after you’ve left the clinic. You will need to book a 30 minute appointment with the nurse. For convenience, this can sometimes be coordinated with a skin check by the doctor immediately afterwards. If this is the case we would require about 45 minutes of your time. The nurse will take a standard set of about 40 body photographs or more if required and you will receive a copy of your photographs on a personalised USB card to take home for your own reference.
Total Body Photography & Early Detection Of Melanoma
Studies have shown that total body photography is an important tool in helping track skin changes that could indicate skin cancer. Don Allen Studios offers total body photography as one of its many medical photography services.
Total body photography involves taking a series of photographs encompassing almost all the skin on the patient’s body. The total body photography images are used as a baseline. Both patient and physician receive copies of the images on CD.
Future examinations of the skin – whether self-examination by the patient or a professional exam by the physician – are compared to the total body photography images, allowing a reliable method of tracking changes. Physician exams are essential, but more frequent patient self-exams are also quite important.
Typically, a patient only undergoes total body photography once, as these images are the baseline from which future visual exams of the skin are compared.
While total body photography is not the only method of detecting skin changes, studies have shown that total body photography is quite effective in the early detection of melanoma and other skin cancers. While melanoma can be difficult to treat in its advanced stages, when caught early it is treatable. Which means that total body photography can and does save lives.
Total body photography also helps reduce anxiety in patients with a high risk of developing skin cancer. These patients are often instructed to conduct self examinations, but without a baseline to work from, patients must rely on memory. As a result, patients are often anxious about benign moles and often schedule unnecessary appointments.
When dermatologists must rely on memory, they often excise benign moles, adding to patient anxiety and expense. High-quality total body photography images offer physicians a diagnosis tool that is far more reliable than memory. Melanoma is a deadly disease, and with early detection it’s treatable, so such a tool should be taken seriously.
While the majority of dermatologists use total body photography, there are a significant number who do not. We would urge those dermatologists who do not use total body photography to carefully review studies on its effectiveness.
Even when total body photography is not the primary method of skin cancer detection (typically when the dermatologist prefers to excise all suspicious moles and skin changes), using these baseline images for comparison is a valuable aid.
The most common indicators of cancerous moles are their shape and color. Therefore, high quality total body photography is essential. The use of digital photography is important because it allows the physician to zoom in on a particular mole, making it easier for him or her to assess its characteristics.
Automatic analysis of total body images.
Skin analysis with Bodyscan completes your total body photography. The expert system automatically compares the current full body photos with those from the last examination and marks changes at a glance. In this step, both structural changes of individual nevi and recently developed moles are displayed. In this way, Bodyscan helps you to identify melanomas as early as possible.
Most popular service option. A pro-active approach to help manage your skin cancer risk.
A thorough head-to-toe skin check by a MoleMap melanographer and imaging of all significant moles for subsequent dermatologist diagnosis. This unique service also helps you in proactively managing your melanoma risk by creating a complete photographic record of your skin and moles, which is used to monitor changes in your skin in order to detect melanoma earlier, when it is most treatable.
I believe Open Total Body Skin Monitor will greatly reduce the death rate from Melanoma!
HOW IT WORKS: PATENTED CLOUD-BASED COMPUTER VISION
A camera array captures images of your entire skin surface.
A local computer stitches the images into a high-resolution square map. While all moles are clearly visible, privacy is maintained.
Your map is uploaded to secure servers that alert you to any potential signs of skin cancer. You can print images that clearly show changes in moles over time, and share them with your dermatologist.