MOLE MAPPING

MOLE MAPPING

MOLE MAPPING IS CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE DUE TO TECHNOLOGY UPGRADES. 
 
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE NOTIFIED ONCE WE ARE OFFERING THIS SERVICE AGAIN, PLEASE PHONE 4928 7008 AND HAVE YOUR NAME ADDED TO OUR MAPPING WAIT LIST. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING, CAPRICORN SKIN & LASER CENTRE.
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What is Mole Mapping 

Mole Mapping, or digital mole scanning allows us to keep an accurate record of your skin and moles to assist us with the early detection of melanoma through successive monitoring. It therefore helps us to more thoroughly document those suspicious moles and skin lesions. 

It simply means that we can now scan your suspect moles, allowing us to more accurately compare them each visit. By comparing the moles over time, this enables the detection of subtle changes that could suggest developing Melanomas. You get safety and peace of mind. 

How does it work?

First we take high resolution digital body mapping images. Next, we scan each mole/lesion using a specialised technique called Digital Epiluminence Light Microscopy (DELM). This allows us to look at the skin surface as well as the sub-surface layers of the skin (hidden layers below) allowing us to see new features, colours and patterns invisible with traditional skin surface microscopy.

The machine’s microscope is housed in a trigger-like device that is pointed directly at a mole or skin lesion. It illuminates the mole, magnifies the image by 30 times, takes a picture, maps the position of the mole on the patient’s body and then saves the image to a computer disk. 

The disk can be used for yearly comparisons to see whether the mole is growing or changing. 

It is recommended the patient returns to the clinic annually for follow-up examinations, however, patients can also give the disk to their regular Doctor to use as a baseline for comparison. 


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What are the advantages of Digital Monitoring?

When people have a lot of moles, it’s impossible for their Doctor to really remember where every mole is and whether it has changed. Digital monitoring technology allows us to display side-by-side comparisons of the moles on a split computer screen, eliminating doubt and the need to rely on chart notes or patient observation.  

It is an extremely helpful tool for the very early detection of malignant Melanomas in high risk patients. Digital monitoring allows you the comfort of knowing that we can determine with certainty the difference between moles that are harmless and those that are not.

We literally measure the size of the mole with the computer, so you know categorically whether it’s bigger or smaller. The magnification provides greater clarity of the features of the mole and in some cases, can eliminate the need for a biopsy. 

We can therefore visualise the mole more accurately. It can prevent us from removing moles that are normal but may look atypical to the naked eye or hand-held magnification. 

The assessment is quick and easy, the procedure is painless, and the diagnosis is very accurate. Not all Skin Cancers are visually obvious, which means all moles on the body should be examined.

Who should have Mole Mapping done?

We recommend the mole-mapping procedure to patients who have moles on areas of their body that they can’t easily monitor, a family history of Skin Cancer or multiple, atypical moles. You will need to see one of our Skin Doctors for a skin check prior to being referred for Mole Mapping.

Fee Structure 

Mole Mapping appointments are charged out as follows: 
Unfortunately, Medicare or Private Health rebates are not offered on these consultations as 
they are not recognised as a medicinal treatment, rather a preventative tool.


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