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Term: MelaFind Technology

Description: MelaFind is pioneering medical technology as the world’s first dermatologic analysis system that sees below the skins surface to objectively evaluate clinically atypical pigmented skin lesions (PSLs) and classify them based on the level of 3-dimensional morphological disorganization from under skin.
MelaFind uses 10 different wavelengths of light to analyze beneath the surface of the skin and obtain hidden data from a mole as deep as 2.5mm. In less than a minute, the data is processed by the system to tell your physician the extent that the mole exhibits irregular growth patterns underneath the surface of the skin. Based on the output and other key characteristics visually noted, your dermatologist can decide whether or not to remove an irregular-looking mole that they think could possibly be melanoma.

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The Hand-Held component of MelaFind®, is used to capture multi-spectral data from beneath the surface of lesions, is made up of:
  • An illuminator that shines light of 10 different specific wavelengths, including near infrared bands
  • A lens system composed of 9 elements that creates multi-spectral data of the light scattered back from the lesions
A photon (light) sensor

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Related Terminology:
DIFOTI: A system for detecting dental cavities without x-rays, developed with support from the National Institute of Dental Research (NIH/NDR),
Melanoma: Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, develops in the cells (melanocytes) that produce melanin — the pigment that gives your skin its color. Melanoma can also form in your eyes and, rarely, in internal organs, such as your intestines.
Imaging technology: The visual representation of an object such as a body part or celestial body, for the purpose of medical diagnosis or data collection, using any of a variety of usually computerized techniques.
Dermatologist: A dermatologist is a medical doctor (MD, or physician) who specializes in the skin, the diseases of the skin, and the relationship of skin lesions to overall disease.
Optical scanner: Devices that can read text or illustrations printed on paper and translate the information into a form the computer can use. A scanner works by digitizing an image

SkinSurf: a patented non-contact device designed to help researcher’s measure skin wrinkles.



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