[LA GRANGE, ILL.], [DATE] – To better care for its patients, Dermatology Associates of La Grange is among the first in the nation to offer mobile full-body imaging, powered by SkinIO, to track changes in skin over time to help improve diagnoses and reduce unnecessary invasive procedures. This technology allows patients to create Skin Health Records (SHR), similar to Electronic Health Records (EHR), which can add visual context and history to in-person skin/mole checks.
[“Tracking changes in skin over time to identify whether something is new or how it has changed—as opposed to one-off lesion-specific imaging—is one of the best ways to detect skin cancer early and save lives,” explains Dr. Shelley Halper, founding dermatologist at Dermatology Associates of La Grange. “We are proud to offer our patients an inexpensive, non-invasive, fast and reliable way to keep their skin in check.”]
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), “Total body photography, or mole mapping, is an effective means of monitoring pigmented lesions over time.” Historically its use has been limited, because it was very costly and time-consuming. Now, SkinIO’s mobile technology—which has been proven to be highly effective in detecting new or changed lesions—is making such imaging available to more patients at a greatly reduced cost.
“Our technology augments the clinical examination and aids in clinical decision-making,” explains Kyoko Crawford, CEO, SkinIO. “By providing a persistent visual timeline of a patient’s skin, we aim to help dermatologists determine whether or not more invasive medical procedures are necessary.”
How It Works
During a patient’s first SkinIO session, the clinician runs the SkinIO app on an iPad and is guided through the process of taking a baseline set of 13 photos in under five minutes. SkinIO’s state-of-the-art image processing and mole-mapping algorithm immediately makes the patient’s photos available for the dermatologist to reference during any subsequent in-person exams. The photos can help educate patients about what to look for, and patients also have access to them at any time so that they can refer to them during their own skin self-exams.
During follow-up SkinIO photo sessions, skin changes are accurately tracked by directly comparing the initial baseline photos to new photos through the use of SkinIO’s comparative image processing algorithm. The artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled solution automates mole-mapping and matching in order to flag new or changed spots, providing a visual reference for the dermatologist to better target areas of interest during in-person exams.
All photos are encrypted and stored in a secure, cloud-based HIPAA-compliant infrastructure.
About Skin Cancer
According to the National Cancer Institute, the rate of new melanoma cases among adults has tripled since the 1970s, from 7.9 per 100,000 people in 1975 to 25.2 per 100,000 in 2014. Along with the elevated threat of skin cancer has come an increase in biopsies. Approximately 5.9 million skin biopsies were performed on Medicare Part B patients in 2015—an increase of 55 percent from a decade earlier (New York Times).
Timely detection is the key to saving lives. According to the American Cancer Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), if melanoma is caught in its very early stages, more than 98% of patients survive at least five years. Survival for melanoma that has spread to the nearby lymph nodes is 62% after five years, and if it has spread to other parts of the body, survival is just 18%.
SkinIO aims to make it easier to catch cancer in its nascent phase—when treatment is much more likely to yield favorable outcomes—while simultaneously helping to avoid invasive biopsies whenever possible.
About Dermatology Associates of La Grange
Dermatology Associates of LaGrange is a comprehensive medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology practice in LaGrange, IL under the direction of board certified dermatologist Shelley J. Halper, M.D.. Founded in 1991, our practice provides high-quality skin care services using the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and state-of-the-art technology. Every treatment is customized to fit each patient’s needs. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit https://www.dermlagrange.com.