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What is dermoscopy?


Dermoscopy is a non-invasive method allowing practitioners to see the skin surface in far greater detail than is possible with the naked eye. A dermatoscope will magnify to around 10x and uses a lens and a light source. Some also have a digital camera to record images of the skin surface. This makes it significantly easier to identify melanoma and other malignant and benign skin lesions.

Dermoscopy can also help in diagnosing other conditions including scabies, warts, fungal infections, and inflammatory skin conditions. It’s an increasingly popular tool and one every podiatrist should add to their arsenal of diagnostic techniques.

Read my paper on Dermoscopy as a technique for the early identification of foot melanoma

Online and in-person dermoscopy courses

I offer dermoscopy courses both online and in person, depending on your location and requirements. You’ll find all the latest dates on my Events page or please get in touch to arrange a personalised session.

Dermatoscopes can be an important investment for your practice. There are several things to consider when investing in a dermatoscope and you will find my top tips in this video.

Latest events open for booking 

Find out more about booking Dr Ivan Bristow for a dermoscopy course here.

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