Scientific advances are impacting on medicine, by offering better ways to analyse symptoms.
The video interview took place at a 2019 medical conference and highlights the benefits of confocal microscopy. A technology we adopted early, the first available in a UK private dermatology clinic.
Diagnosing skin conditions still relies on careful history taking, examination and investigation, the skills of a consultant. Appreciating the impact on the lives of our patients is an equally important factor.
21st century technological development has nevertheless had a major impact on dermatology. Helping to provide prompt, precise diagnosis, which reduces treatment and leads to better outcomes for our patients.
Alongside confocal microscopy, we offer the latest dermoscopy techniques, to capture and investigate digital imagery, or electrical impedance spectroscopy, which can detect minute differences in resistance within your skin.
All three have proven value in diagnosing skin cancer and can be valuable in other conditions, from nail infections, to psoriasis. They give access to diagnostic information at a microscopic scale we could only dream of a few years ago.
This enhanced view and accurate data are an asset to our consultants, their knowledge has no digital equivalent but instant feedback and dedicated software save time.
A similar approach helps to protect our patients, through screening programs which detect changes in the skin over time. A good use of digital imaging, ensuring treatment is received at an early stage.
The difference this makes for conditions such as melanoma can be life preserving and similar benefits apply to a range of individual issues.
Beneficial Diagnosis & Advice
Offering a virtual biopsy instead of a scalpel has value, as does seeing beneath your skin in a way the naked eye can not, not least by eliminating concerns.
Effective diagnosis identifies skin problems which are temporary and can be treated with medication. Anxious waits for testing at a lab may be avoided, useful advice be immediately available alongside treatment.
Part of our consultants role is look at changes in lifestyle, medication, cosmetics, or your workplace, which may help. The sooner they are available, the more they assist. An appreciation of issues in the Hertfordshire community can help.
Our team are also aware of the latest research and treatment developments. There may be knowledge directly relating to your symptoms, or following a sound diagnosis, treatments not previously considered.
Diagnosis Is Personal
Our London clinic offers private consulting rooms and the highest level of support because dermatological concerns are personal. They can interfere with life, be worrying, uncomfortable, or threaten disfigurement.
Every case should be seen as unique, for medical, aesthetic, or paediatric dermatology. For our patients, their condition is individual, the reason our diagnostic team spend time listening to people they see.
Diagnosis is part of a shared path, leading to treatment, improvement, or a cure. We believe this should be approached with honesty, which values you as a person and offers genuine care for your skin, health, or appearance.
No question you have is ever considered insignificant and you are welcome to speak to our team at any time, or contact us to arrange a consultation.
You may find information on the pages below helpful:
- An introduction to: Hertfordshire Dermatology.
- Greater detail on the: Technology We Offer.
- Benefits offered by: Skin Cancer Screening.
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