What is full body mole mapping?
Full Body Mole Mapping occurs when photo documentation is taken of the entire body and skin surface from head to toe. Once full body mole mapping photographs have been taken, this allows us to monitor the skin surface over a long term, down to the finest detail.
It only takes about three minutes to complete the entire process. Any new changes to moles, existing moles and any new moles will be mapped by this computerised process. Video dermatoscope footage is taken of the identified moles and record is kept of their growth or change in appearance. Your doctor will use this to determine if the mole has changed at all in the period between scans. For new patients Mole Mapping allows for photographic documentation of moles. This assists with the comparison on follow up visits. Even the smallest changes to the mole can be detected on follow up visits.
Each suspect structure is analysed by the automated software and a risk evaluation score is given to each mole.
Lesions of concern that do not reach the threshold for excision are suggested to be subjected to follow-up mole mapping in 3 to 6 months.
Your doctor will recommend follow-up mole mapping of all imaged lesions at intervals of 1 to 2 years.
All images are kept in a secure database with an effective transfer system for later mapping and evaluation.
Who is suitable for mole mapping?
Everyone is suitable for mole mapping, however mole mapping is particularly important for those who have:
- A large number of moles
- Large moles that have unusual colour or shapes
- Moles on the back, which are usually difficult to monitor yourself
- Melanoma history
- Family history of skin lesions or melanoma
- Fair skin and/or sunburned moles
- Noticed that moles or freckles have changed appearance
Mole mapping is the most reliable way to track new and changing lesions for high risk patients with personal and family history of skin cancer.
How does Mole Mapping take place?
We will endeavour to make you feel as comfortable as possible, but request that at least outer clothing is removed. It is important to advise the doctor if there are lesions of concern hidden by your underwear. Long hair should be tied up and all make-up, nail varnish and jewellery should be removed prior to the procedure.