Melanoma & Mole Mapping

The Derm Group is one of the very few private practices in the country to introduce Digital Mole Mapping for patients – a technique endorsed by both the American Cancer Society and the American Academy of Dermatology. In this technique, we take 25 digital photographs documenting the location of every mole on your body – even the soles of your feet. These images are stored on a secure server, with your medical record, and you get a book of photographs to take home for self-exams.

Mole Mapping Candidates

For most patients, regular skin self-exams and annual physician exams are sufficient to identify changes in moles that might indicate skin cancer. But some people have so many moles, or such a significant family history, that it’s hard to track potential changes. With digital mole mapping, we can compare the baseline photographs with your current mole pattern to help identify potentially dangerous changes.

What Is Mole Mapping

The Derm Group offers mole mapping for all patients only at its West Orange location through Physicians at all of our locations can refer patients to undergo a mole mapping procedure at the West Orange office.

Comprehensive, digital mole mapping can expose layers of skin lesions that may not be detected during a regular exam with a dermatologist. High-resolution images produced through the mole mapping process documents in detail all individual moles and creates a personalized profile that is monitored over time for any changes.

The Mole Mapping Process

Mole mapping is a 6-step process that takes about an hour. The steps include:

Meet with a specialist: One of our registered nurses who is a certified melanographer discusses your medical history and any concerns you might have about moles or lesions.

Total body photography: We create a benchmark mapping with a complete visual record of 97% of your skin surface and each individual lesion. We refer to this to identify future changes.

Mole/lesion imaging: The melanographer compiles the digital images into a comprehensive record, along with any other information (such as skin coding).

Diagnostic report created: A comprehensive report that includes images of specific lesions that may be of concern is prepared for you and your physician. The report also includes diagnostic comments and recommended treatments or monitoring of suspicious lesions.

Patient education: We believe educating patients is a critical part of the appointment. This includes a self-exam and information about protecting your skin from the sun. We also provide a self-monitor kit, and you can request a digital copy of the images.

If you have additional questions or would like to speak with one of our board-certified dermatologists, call (973) 571-2121.

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