13/05/2011 02:00AM Australia/Sydney
BAD BIRNBACH, Germany (BUSINESS WIRE)
handyscope – first mobile connected dermatoscope
handyscope is the first device for mobile skin cancer examinations
with the iPhone. This digital handheld dermatoscope allows doctors
capturing and saving microscopic pictures of moles using iPhone,
handyscope device and corresponding App. After launching in Europe and
the USA, handyscope is presented in Asia at the World Congress of
Dermatology in Seoul from May 24-29, 2011.
handyscope on shoulder (Photo: Business Wire)
handyscope gives a magnified, polarized view on the skin,
combining skin surface microscopy with mobility and communication
technology. It enables doctors to capture and save pictures of moles for
skin cancer examination. As opposed to examinations with conventional
handheld dermatoscopes, doctors can keep distance during the skin check
and evaluate moles on-screen.
The handyscope device is attached to the iPhone and directly put
on the patients’ skin. High resolution mole images are directly captured
and managed in the password protected App and can be shown to the
patient. With up to twentyfold magnification, the polarized photos show
important details at a glance for better diagnostic accuracy.
The flexible use makes home visits comfortable: Suspicious moles are
photographed and can be labeled with patient data, localization and
comments. Afterwards doctors communicate, share pictures with
colleagues. Thus, even non-specialized doctors in rural areas can
conduct an initial skin cancer check.
“We developed handyscope for those who want to take pictures of
the skin and work with them later – the alternative for doctors who miss
the ?capture-and-save-function’ when using conventional handheld
dermatoscopes,” explains Andreas Mayer, CEO of FotoFinder. These
possibilities in mobile dermoscopy are appreciated by renowned
dermatologists: "For many years we have been speaking and publishing on
?mobile teledermoscopy – melanoma diagnosis by one click?’ And now...I
envision that the handyscope will do the job,” confirms H. Peter
Soyer, MD, FACD, Professor and Chair, Dermatology Research Centre, The
University of Queensland, Australia.
The handyscope App uses the iPhone’s connectivity features for
e-mailing mole photos to histologists or exchanging them with
specialists for a second opinion.
The German company was founded in 1991 and is a worldwide leading
manufacturer of imaging devices for skin cancer diagnosis, aesthetic
medicine, and clinical trials. Thanks to subsidiaries and a global
network of distributors, FotoFinder Systems has a worldwide presence.
iPhone is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other
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