New telemedicine techniques in dermatology - evaluation with reflectance confocal microscopy via cloud-based platform

Joanna Łudzik, Alexander Michael Witkowski, Irena Roterman-Konieczna

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Abstract

Dermoscopically equivocal skin lesions may present a diagnostic challenge in daily clinical practice and are regularly sent for second expert opinion. We present a new approach to handling these cases in a consultation referral system that enables communication between the initial doctor at the image upload site and dermatology experts at a distance via cloud-based telemedicine. In our study we retrospectively evaluated 100 equivocal cases with complete digital dermoscopy-reflectance confocal microscopy image sets and compared suggested management of the initial doctor to a second expert confocal reader. We evaluated the effect of reader concordance on final management of these lesions resulting in a single reader overall sensitivity of 89% and specificity of 66% and double reader concordance method sensitivity of 98% and specificity of 54%. In conclusion, we found that application of double reader evaluation of these image sets with automatic referral of lesions for removal in the case of discordant diagnosis between two doctors improved the sensitivity of diagnosis in this subset of lesions and may increase the safety threshold of management choice reducing potential misdiagnosis in telemedicine settings. This paper concerns the application of telemedicine in practical medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-29
Number of pages9
JournalFolia Medica Cracoviensia
Volume56
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Keywords

  • cloud platform
  • confocal microscopy
  • healthcare
  • melanoma
  • skin cancer
  • teleconfocal
  • telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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