Doctor praises technology to help monitor skin conditions

Doctors at North and North East Lincolnshire Dermatology services have praised new equipment available that’s helping patients to feel the difference after using a special ring-fenced fund to improve the service.

Dr Javed Mohungoo (pictured), Lead Consultant Dermatologist at North and North East Lincs Dermatology Service, said the new equipment – three digital dermoscopes – help improve the quality of skin lesions and how the service can monitor and record changes to skin conditions.

“The quality of these dermoscopes far exceeds digital cameras, and it ensures we’re on the forefront of technology and innovation, allowing us to enhance patient care,” Dr Mohungoo said. “We’re already seeing a difference to the way we record skin conditions because the dermoscopic image allows us to magnify images to provide greater detail so we get greater accuracy. As a result, patients are more satisfied with their progress especially as they get to see the images on screen.”

Virgin Care, which runs North and North East Lincs Dermatology Services, funded the dermoscopes through its Feel the Difference Fund. The fund is a dedicated £100,000 a year that’s made available for projects designed and delivered by frontline staff to improve the experience of using services.

The device works by using optical magnification to stream a high quality live image to a computer, enabling doctors to view and record images to allow for better tracking of skin conditions and any changes.

This increases the speed in which changes in moles are detected through an early diagnosis, improving the safety for patients.

“We’re really seeing that we’re able to offer better diagnostic accuracy and increase safety for patients by getting to problems sooner so that conditions do not put people at risk. It opens up new possibilities for teledermatology,” Dr Mohungoo said. “Patients can get the best diagnostic and monitoring from the service and know it’ll improve early detection of skin problems.

“This is due largely to the fact that a dermoscope allows us to recognise any anomalies to the skin – even to one small part of a mole that could not be seen with the naked eye,” added Dr Mohungoo.

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