Dr Wiles has taken advanced study in new equipment to help diagnose skin cancers and moles. This involves 2 types of equipment – Dermoscope and MoleMate Siascope. He has always had an interest in moles and skin cancers. He took an interest in these new methods so as to maintain the good results that he has had to date.
This is a handheld magnifying illuminator, that gives a 10x magnification view of moles, using a polarised light. The machine that he uses is the latest model, “Dermlite II ProHR”. This avoids the need to use oil during the examination, and gives a rapid view and likely diagnosis of moles and various other skin conditions. To be proficient in its use, he undertook and passed an Advanced Dermoscopy and Dermal Imaging course in July 2010, with the University of Queensland.
This is an advanced dermal imaging scanner that gives a rapid view of an individual mole, and adds information as to melanin, collagen and blood flow in the mole (information that is not available from most other imaging systems). It goes through an assessment program that allows an individual mole to be scored, with a result of 6 or more being a strong indicator that the mole should be removed. The machine and its attached computer is in Dr Wiles’ consulting room for ready use.
The purpose of both techniques (which often complement each other) is to give better clarity as to what needs to be removed and sent to the laboratory, and what is safe to leave. The intention is to reduce unnecessary excisions, without missing serious skin cancers. (There will always be moles removed that are found to be benign – the intention is to reduce the number of such benign excisions, while remaining safe.)
There are specific charges for general skin checks and Siascopy, depending on the number of lesions checked.