MelaFind is the only FDA approved medical device that non-invasively sees into and under the skin to give dermatologists more information about suspicious moles, which may be melanoma. Our office is the only one in the State of Hawaii to offer Melafind.
Using 10 different wavelengths of light, MelaFind produces a 3-dimensional image of an atypical mole, up to a depth of 2.5 millimeters. Until now dermatologists could just see the surface of a mole. But because MelaFind allows the doctor to see under the skin’s surface, Dr. Scheel may not need to do a biopsy or cut the skin unnecessarily .
“Once I have determined a mole is atypical we can scan it with the hand-held device. The procedure takes only a minute and is very comfortable for the patient,” explained Dr. Scheel, likening the procedure to getting an ultrasound.
The machine analyzes lesions using proprietary algorithms that were developed, trained and tested on over 10,000 moles in the system’s database.
“This information makes a big difference to me and my patients when it comes to the decision to remove and biopsy the mole. It’s like having a second opinion right at my fingertips,” she said.
MelaFind is only issued to Board Certified Dermatologists because a mole in question needs the scrutiny of a professional and must have one or more of the characteristics of the ABCDE’s of cancer screening.
When combined with the experience of a Board Certified Dermatologist, MelaFind was proven to have a 98.38% accuracy rate during trials.
“I am so excited to bring this technology to the state of Hawaii,” said Dr. Scheel. “We all spend a lot of time in the sun enjoying our beautiful islands, increasing our chance for skin cancer. Melanoma is treatable if caught early. I hope this new, non-invasive device will encourage everyone to have their skin checked yearly.”
Things to Know
- Analyzes irregular growth beneath the skin’s surface
- Used on pigmented lesions
- Takes less than a minute
- Non-invasive and painless
- Clinically proven, FDA approved
- Inexpensive: $39 for the first mole, $13 for each mole after that