Dermatoscopy is a non-invasive and harmless technique in which lesions are magnified using a lens and incident light. It provides much more precise information than observation with the naked eye and is a valuable tool for dermatologists.

It allows us, through the analysis of a series of patterns, to lean towards a diagnosis of benignity or malignancy and is crucial in the diagnosis of pigmented lesions such as nevi, lentigos, or any type of skin discoloration.

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The terms epiluminescence microscopy, dermoscopy, or dermatoscopy are synonymous.

Digital dermatoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that involves the indirect “in vivo” observation of pigmented lesions with a high-resolution color video camera adapted for dermatoscopy and connected to a computer system. A suitable software allows the archiving of a large number of images. The digitalization of images facilitates direct comparison with maximum objectivity and accuracy in future visits. Additionally, it allows for creating body maps that help detect newly appearing moles and facilitate personalized monitoring. Digital dermatoscopy represents a significant advancement and has marked a before and after in the prevention and monitoring of skin cancer, increasing its sensitivity and reducing the practice of unnecessary biopsies and surgeries.

Digital dermatoscopy allows us to digitize microscopic images of our moles for comparison each year.

The examination can last between 20 and 60 minutes depending on the number of lesions. The Dermatology Service at HM Sanchinarro Hospital has one of the most powerful digital dermatoscopy systems: the Fotofinder.