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Telemedicine in Dermatology

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Teledermoscopy

  • Dougal F. CoatesAffiliated withDepartment of Dermatology, Churchill Hospital, Oxford Radcliffe Health Email author 
  • , Jonathan BowlingAffiliated withDepartment of Dermatology, Churchill Hospital, Oxford Radcliffe Health

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Abstract

Dermoscopy images are easy to capture and transmit. A teledermoscopy service implemented in the correct clinical setting has the potential to save health systems considerable money. Teledermoscopy needs to be used as an adjunct to a thorough history and full examination rather than to view single lesions in isolation. Legal waters are nebulous and without precendent. Mobile phones and portable USB microscopes are interesting future developments in image acquisition and relay. Rigorous evaluation is still required before wides pread implementation of teledermoscopy.