The dedication and experience of a consultant dermatologist should lead diagnosis, although technology helps. Digital imaging can bring an instant, accurate view beneath your skin and often avoid the need for a surgical biopsy.
Having your skin scanned with a hand held device is a relatively pleasant experience. Non invasive, yet the high resolution images our laser powered Vivascope transmits to a screen are at a cellular level.
One of few such devices in the UK, valuable for helping to diagnose pigmentation disorders, vitiligo and more. Also an asset in helping to distinguish between benign growths, or those which might be cancerous.
You avoid discomfort, or scarring, results are immediate, ideal for early treatment. Images can be stored at a wider, or microscopic level, for review, or future comparison, part of up to date dermatology.
A Modern Approach
The Vivascope uses a process called Reflectance Confocal Microscopy and is the most advanced device available to look beneath your skin. There are still times when other modern equipment can add an extra perspective.
Dermoscopy involves the use of a hand help microscope to evaluate skin conditions and the latest, digital variety provide greater insight. The level of magnification is remarkable and they can send still, or video images to a live screen.
Diagnostic time is saved, biopsies lessened, changes over time can be mapped. This helps to spot issues at an early stage, reducing treatment and risk to patients, bringing them peace of mind, less disruption to their lives.
Electrical impedance spectroscopy is a further option to identify change in skin tissue, by tracing small variations in electrical resistance, a symptom of yet unseen skin cancer.
Diagnosis At Skin Care Network
Our patients are seen by consultants who lead their field and bring knowledgeable diagnosis. Decades will be needed to create technology to replace them, if ever, yet they should still have every aid they can.
Using the latest equipment, keeping up with research, analysing progress in machine learning and genetics all add to our armoury. Offering the best possible diagnosis is at the root of patient wellbeing.
Efficient assessment and timely treatment are the ingredients which make dermatology work for you. Our staff are pleased to offer them, blended with traditional care.