A pilot study of a combined dermoscopic-pathological approach to the telediagnosis of melanocytic skin neoplasms

ArticleinJournal of Telemedicine and Telecare 10(1):34-8 · February 2004with9 Reads
DOI: 10.1258/135763304322764176 · Source: PubMed
We examined a combined (dermoscopic-pathological) approach to the telediagnosis of melanocytic skin lesions. A store-and-forward teleconsultation was simulated. Dermoscopic and histopathology images from 12 melanocytic lesions were stored in a telepathology workstation. A dermoscopy consultant, a histopathology consultant and an expert in dermoscopic-pathological correlation gave their diagnoses and comments on the images. The consensus diagnosis between two teleconsultants on the original histological slides was regarded as the gold standard. The diagnostic accuracy was 83% (including one false negative diagnosis of malignancy) for teledermoscopy and 100% for teledermatopathology. The combined approach detected one case that showed a much greater atypia on dermoscopy than on histopathology. In this case step-sections of the sample were deemed to be required for definite diagnosis. The combined approach was helpful in detecting macroscopic and microscope sampling errors of melanocytic lesions during teleconsultation.
    • "Dermoscopically equivocal pink lesions fall into a category of difficult to diagnose lesions that more commonly invoke the need for second expert opinion that is now possible through telemedicine store and forward technology [30,31]. Distant evaluation of equivocal skin lesions using digital dermoscopy images only in telemedicine settings may not provide enough information to make a safe diagnosis with high sensitivity while maintaining an equitable specificity [20][21][22]. Additionally, combined dermoscopy-RCM image evaluation of pink lesions at a distance is also limited due to the possibility to miss small clues in the image mosaics that can influence the diagnostic decision and confidence [14,15,17]. "
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    • "Files are then transmitted over telecommunication networks via e-mail or a specific web application. In 2003 a pilot study of the dermoscopicpathological approach using telediagnosis for melanocytic skin neoplasms revealed that the diagnostic accuracy reached 83% versus gold standard (conventional histopathological diagnosis by experts) (Ferrara et al., 2004). In a prospective analysis, where 60 patients were included in evaluating the role of teledermatology within a primary care system, the total agreement rate between live diagnosis and distant diagnosis was considered high, ranging from 86. 6% to 91.6%. "
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