Melanoma

A special small imaging device can be used to examine the surface characteristics and pigmentary pattern at the base of the epidermis. This is called a dermascope. This instrument is used by dermatologist who look into the skin for irregularities of pigment patterns and distribution.

dermascope

A dermascope used to look into the skin at the pigment patterns

dermoscopy-nevus

Dermoscopy pattern of a benign nevus. This shows a uniform net like pattern

atypical-pigment-network

Atypical pigment network of a melanoma is revealed by examination with a dermascope.