If you are photographing your own spot, for the best results we recommend that you use a skin magnifying device. If the spot is magnified and properly lit, a skin cancer doctor can usually make a reliable diagnosis and recommendation. If your photo is not well magnified and lit, your doctor may not be able to reach a conclusive opinion.
Comparison of photos taken with and without skin magnifiers
Photo taken without a magnifier
This photo was taken using an iPhone 11 with no magnifier. The shape and colour of the mole are visible, but fine details are obscured by wrinkles in the skin and reflected light.
Photo taken with a SkinScope
This photo was taken using an iPhone 11 and a SkinScope. The shape and colour of the mole are visible and some of the pigment network structures can be seen.
Photo taken with a MoleScope
This photo was taken using an iPhone 11 and a MoleScope. The structure of the mole is clearly visible, showing fine network structures and tiny blood vessels.
MoleScope is a lens with a built-in light source that takes high magnification dermoscopic photos of moles or other spots. It is registeredas a medical device in Australia. Used correctly, it can take photos of similar quality to those taken by a skin specialist. For people with many moles, it can be a good investment which will allow many online consultations in future. If properly cleaned and disinfected, it can be shared with other family members.
Available from the manufacturer MetaOptima at shopau.molescope.com.
During the Covid-19 outbreak, MetaOptima has substantially discounted the cost of the MoleScope II magnifier. Enter the code COVID19 at checkout for a $300 discount (approx 65 per cent).
SkinScope is a simple and inexpensive magnifying attachment that sticks over the camera of any model of smart phone or tablet. It is registered as a medical device in Australia. The images are not as good as those taken with a MoleScope and it is not as durable. However, it is a far more affordable option.
Available from Spot Check Clinic. Call us on 03 9098 7474 to arrange Express Post delivery.
Click here to purchase from the manufacturer (free delivery)