New iPhone app scans moles

February 9, 2011

Dermatologists will now be able to convert the iPhone into a dermatoscope for checking potential skin cancer lesions, according to an online report from Mobile Magazine.

Bad Birnbach, Germany - Dermatologists will now be able to convert the iPhone into a dermatoscope for checking potential skin cancer lesions, according to an online report from Mobile Magazine.

FotoFinder Systems, based here, has developed and is marketing “the handyscope,” a device that turns an iPhone into a hand-held digital dermatoscope with which doctors can take and save pictures of skin afflictions.

The handyscope slides onto an iPhone 3G, 3GS or 4, lining the camera up with an LED-lit magnifier that can zoom in up to 20X. The user can snap pictures, then send them for a second opinion.

Mobile Magazine quotes FotoFinder Systems CEO Andreas Mayer as saying, “We developed the handyscope for all doctors who want to have the possibility to take pictures of the skin and work with them later. It is an alternative for those who miss the ‛capture-and-save function’ when using conventional handheld dermatoscopes.”

FotoFinder Systems introduced the device in New Orleans this month at the 69th annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology.