Reflectance spectrophotometry from 420 to 780 nm on 31 primary melanoma and 31 benign nevi has been performed by using an external integrating sphere coupled to a spectrophotometer. Measurements show that reflectance spectra of melanoma and nevi manifest dissimilar patterns. From these spectra four variables, whose physical and/or physiological meanings remain to be investigated, have been derived. All of them are significantly different when compared between melanoma and nevi. A discriminant function between the two groups of lesions has been determined by using a stepwise discriminant analysis, resulting in a test with a sensitivity of 90.3% and a specificity of 77.4%. This method of discrimination between melanoma and nevi seems to have a discriminating power almost equal to that of a clinical judgement from a specialized medical doctor, thus suggesting a new method for screening skin pigmented lesions.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Photochemistry and Photobiology|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)