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Can a doctor remotely evaluate a picture of your skin growths?

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Studies indicate that doctors are able to remotely evaluate pictures of skin growths with satisfying levels of accuracy, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. The studies involved sending photographs of skin lesions to doctors for remote assessment.

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Can a doctor remotely evaluate a picture of your skin growths?
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In an American study, patients attending a skin cancer screening event were assessed by an on-site dermatologist as well as an off-site dermatologist. The study utilized a mobile phone to send the patients' clinical history and skin images to the off-site dermatologist for evaluation. In a Brazilian study, a physician in remote areas of the country captured skin images with a digital camera and sent them to oncologists at a hospital for diagnosis. In both studies, the conclusions suggest that remote analysis of skin lesions can be feasible and useful, as reported by National Center for Biotechnology Information.

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