Dermatoscopy - is a non-invasive diagnostic method used in dermatology. The examination consists in viewing skin lesions with a dermatoscope. It is a microscopic examination of the skin surface that allows the observation and evaluation of pigmentary structures at the skin level. A dermatoscope is an optical device with several or several times magnification. Built-in side lighting (illuminating the viewed surface) allows to obtain a "three-dimensional image" of the skin (it reveals the deeper structures of the observed lesion).
A dermatoscopic examination should be performed for each lesion that:
The course of the procedure
The test is painless, non-invasive and can be repeated as often as desired. During the examination, the doctor places the dermatoscope on the assessed area and examines the change.
Dermatoscopic examination enables more accurate examination of skin lesions below 3 mm, and has greater diagnostic sensitivity compared to viewing moles with the naked eye.