Digital Mole Mapping
We offer both traditional mole mapping (using a paper diagram to record sizes and descriptions of moles) and digital mole mapping. The digital method is a superior technology for detecting new and changing moles and melanoma.
Melanoma is a serious skin cancer which may initially look like a mole, or may develop within a mole. It is very important to diagnose melanoma early, because it is a cancer that is prone to spread (metastasize). It is much less likely to spread when it is detected and removed early.
People who have many moles, unusual-looking moles, a personal history of melanoma, or a family history of melanoma are good candidates to consider digital mole mapping.
In our office, our technology for digital mole mapping is the Fotofinder system. Sometimes, a series of 17 or 18 digital photos are taken, of almost the entire skin surface, and then individual moles or lesions can be photographed with a dermatoscope and “mapped” to the digital photos. Other times, just a small area is photographed, depending on the situation.