The invisible colours of melanoma. A telespectrophotometric diagnostic approach on pigmented skin lesions

A. Bono, S. Tomatis, C. Bartoli, N. Cascinelli, C. Clemente, C. Cupeta, R. Marchesini

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Abstract

Reflectance images of 43 pigmented lesions of the skin (18 melanomas, 17 common melanocytic naevi and eight dysplastic naevi) were acquired by a telespectrophotometric system and were analysed in the spectral range from 420 to 1040 nm, to discriminate melanoma from benign melanocytic entities. Different evaluations were carried out considering the whole spectrum, the visible and the near infrared. A total of 33 (76.7%) lesions were correctly diagnosed by the telespectrophotometric system, compared with 35 (81.4%) correct clinical diagnoses. Reflectance in the infra-red band appears diagnostically relevant. A larger study is needed to prove the validity of this diagnostic method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)727-729
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1996

Keywords

  • computer
  • cutaneous melanoma
  • diagnosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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