How many megapixels
does your videodermatoscope provide ?
vast research in the field of biology and treatment, melanoma
is increasing in frequency world-wide and this tumor remains
practically incurable. In the past many video devices have been
used. The video, as known, offers a very poor quality of image
and for this reason many of the industries are moving toward
digital firewire cameras. A video camera has many limitations
respect to a digital device. When a dermatologist is involved
in the digital analysis he should ask himself how many pixels
does his instrument provide for the digital dermatoscopic imaging
of moles. The DB-Mips System actually employs a digital "live"
camera providing 1024x768 pixels for the dermatoscopic analysis
and a 1600x1200 pixels still camera for the total-body imaging.
The DDAX-3 System, which is the most referred instrument for
the digital dermatoscopy in high impact scientific papers, represents
the most complete solution for the early detection of melanoma.The
DB-Mips , of course, it is directly digital and not video-composite
DB-Mips and the digital cameras. An innovative self-installing
disk allows to use the DB-Mips features with the 3Gen Dermlite
and Heine Delta20 adapters. The most innovative technology for
the expert dermatologists.
Early diagnosis is of utmost
importance to reduce the mortality rate. However, recognising
melanomas is not always easy. Although there are high expectations
for a technique known as dermoscopy or epiluminescence microscopy,
the evaluation of pigmented skin lesions with this method is
often extremely complex and subjective. In order to overcome
the problem of qualitative interpretation, methods based on the
mathematical analysis of pigmented skin lesions, such as digital
dermoscopy analysis, have recently been developed. The DB-Mips
System it is a complete integrate solution for the real-time
digital imaging and total body mapping oriented to the pigmented
skin lesions analysis. However, as well as many dermatologists
already have digital high resolution devices called Heine Delta20
and 3Gen Dermlite then the DB-Mips engine it is actually offered
also as a self installing CD-Rom for that devices. A new software
named DDAX-3 (Burroni-Dell'Eva) allows the dermatologists to
interface their 3gen Dermlite and Heine Delta20 dermatoscopic
adapters with the DB-Mips measurements and database. The new
DDAX3 software it is represented by a self installing CD-Rom.
In these pages, we present an
overview of the scientific research performed by the digital
dermoscopy analyzer DB-Mips System and related scientific works.
It is predicted that biology will become completely quantitative
in the next ten to 20 years. Dermatology is following the same
route. All modern measurement devices, including ECGs, CAT scans
and MRIs, provide quantitative results. Unless we envision a
future role of the clinician as a calculating machine, computerized
analysis of their results is the obvious consequence. Subjective
algorithms will be replaced by computerized objective evaluations
supervised by dermatologists.
Burroni, a biomedical electronic engineer, has worked with
image processing and pattern recognition in medicine since 1984.
He is a professor at the University of Siena where he occupies
the chair for Diagnostic Image Processing in Dermatology.