Precision of automatic measurements of pigmented skin lesion parameters with a MelaFindTM multispectral digital dermoscope

D. Gutkowicz-Krusin, M. Elbaum, A. Jacobs, S. Keem, A. W. Kopf, H. Kamino, S. Wang, P. Rubin, H. Rabinovitz, M. Oliviero

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The purpose of this study was to assess the precision of automatic computerized measurement of parameters that may be useful in the differentiation of malignant melanoma from benign pigmented skin lesions, and also to determine the feasibility of quantitative monitoring of skin lesions over time. Ten independent sequences of images were acquired with a MelaFind multispectral digital dermoscope for each of 12 benign or malignant pigmented skin lesions. The sequences of images were processed automatically to provide 10 independent measurements of the various parameters for each lesion. Parameters included lesion area, greatest diameter, perimeter, reflectance and asymmetry. The precision of each parameter determination was computed from the mean and standard deviation of the 10 measurements of that parameter. The relative errors in determining the lesion area, diameter and perimeter were found to be 6%, 3% and 4%, respectively. Other lesion parameters that are used in differentiating melanomas from benign skin lesions were also analysed as a function of wavelength. In the blue band (about 430 nm) the relative error was about 7% for the mean lesion reflectance and about 7% for the asymmetry parameter. These results demonstrate the feasibility of using MelaFind for objective quantitative monitoring of changes in pigmented skin lesions over time. As suggested by some studies, such information is useful in the early detection of malignant melanoma. The results show that parameters obtained automatically from MelaFind images are sufficiently precise to allow pertinent parameters to be used to classify pigmented skin lesions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)563-570
Number of pages8
JournalMelanoma Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Computerized image analysis
  • Early diagnosis
  • Malignant melanoma
  • Multispectral digital dermoscope
  • Pigmented skin lesion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Dermatology
  • Cancer Research


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