International standard for dermoscopy published

2 Dec 2020

Dermoscopy imaging will help reduce melanoma mortality, which is particularly important given the high prevalence in the Australian population.  Dermoscopy is an advanced imaging technique that uses skin surface microscopy to improve the accuracy of melanoma diagnosis.

An international standard for dermoscopy has recently been published by Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine (DICOM) - the International Standards Development Organisation for medical imaging. Standards for dermatology imaging are essential for wide spread clinical adoption; and imperative for innovations such as lesion (mole) tracking, teledermatology and artificial intelligence for melanoma diagnosis becoming mainstream. 

Associate Professor Liam Caffery from the Centre for Online Health (COH) led the development and publication of this standard. Liam was the chief editor of the dermoscopy standard. He is Chair of the DICOM Dermatology Working Group. This expert working group is made up of dermatologists, health informaticians and vendors from Australia, USA, Spain, Germany, Austria, Italy, Israel and Chile who all contributed to the standard