Saturday, 3 March 2012

Dermoscopy for plastic surgeons

Dermoscopy is widely used by dermatologists but less so by plastic surgeons. Dermoscopes typically use a combination of magnification and polarised light to allow close inspection of skin lesions without interference from skin surface reflections.

In the UK there are a number of dermatoscopy courses. Dermoscopy UK organises a one day course for plastic surgeons. The next one is in Oxford on 9th November 2012.

Dermatoscopes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, which are outlined here. There is even an attachment for the iPhone. The Handyscope looks great, but I'm not sure how well it works.

DermNet NZ is a large dermatology resource, which has dermoscopy quizzes with lots of pics. The International Dermoscopy Society has a large collection of dermoscopy training videos here. Eric Ehrsam also has a dermascopy blog presenting lots of cases to work through. I am yet to review any dermoscopy books.

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