Dermatoscopy is the examination of skin lesions with an instrument that consists of a magnifier, and a non-polarized light source. This instrument is useful to Dermatologists in distinguishing skin lesions as cancerous or non-cancerous. This is especially useful to diagnose melanomas and determine which moles are atypical.
The dermatologist will look at any moles or pigmented lesions that look suspicious using the dermatoscope. This instrument allows the dermatologist to see deeper into the skin and describe color, pigment pattern and size of the lesion with greater accuracy.
In recent clinical studies, dermatoscopy has been shown to significantly increase the diagnosis between melanomas and non-melanoma skin lesions 52%! This is in the hands of an experienced dermatologist.
Picture of Enhanced Skin Through Lens of a Dermascope: