Full body mole mapping (full body photography) is a technique of making a record of your entire body surface with positions of all individual spots on it. Its importance lies in the ability to compare current and past photographs of moles on the body with the photographs taken in the future. A detailed mole map provides the best method of monitoring the appearance of new spots and to track the changes that occur in the existing ones.
A comprehensive mole check of the entire body is very important because melanoma or another form of skin cancer may develop very slowly without presenting any symptoms or obvious signs of drastic change and, therefore, mole mapping could greatly improve the chances of detection at the earliest possible opportunity.
We use sophisticated digital mole mapping software that automatically identifies precancerous new and changing spots and highlights them for the doctors at our mole check clinic to be examined in depth. With locations in North Fitzroy and on St Kilda Road in Melbourne, make an appointment now for a total body mole map.
The mole map procedure itself is totally non-invasive. You are asked to undress to your underwear (underwear and bra for women). Then the process of taking photographs of every section of the body begins. As the photos are taken, it may be necessary for the operator to stop and check them periodically to make sure the accuracy, focus and the position are all correct.
We use one of the most advanced digital mole mapping software (Dermengine) and optics available on the market. It breaks down the body into 28 sections which overlap to some degree to make sure that the entire skin surface is covered and the risk of misdiagnosis is kept to a minimum.
In addition to storing photographs, the screening software provides our doctors with many inbuilt tools which assist greatly in diagnosis of different types of precancerous moles and skin cancer. One of the most important features of the mole map technology is the ability to identify new spots or lesions, and track the changes in the existing ones.
With new developments in software and optics and the ability to store large amounts of data, mole mapping has become more and more relevant in the overall diagnosing of the signs and symptoms of skin cancer. It gives us the ability to look into the past and removes a significant amount of guesswork for the doctors.
We ask that you do not wear any fake tan, makeup or nail polish, and wear plain-coloured underwear and bra to the mole mapping session.
Please note that excessive body hair may interfere with good quality photographs, in which case you may consider shaving prior to the mole check.
We do not require you to take your bra and underwear off. However, you may request to take photos of those regions if you feel comfortable to do so. Alternatively, you could ask the doctor to examine those areas for malignant signs without taking photos.
The mole mapping procedure will involve the practitioner taking a series of 28 photographs that cover the entire surface of your body. It may take some time, and repeated photos may need to be taken as the nurse will need to make sure that the quality and positions are accurate, so please be patient. At the end of this process, the entire surface area of your body (except genitals, buttocks and breasts, unless requested) will be photographed and stored in our database to be used for diagnosis and future reference.
Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer amongst its people than almost any other country in the world, so it goes without saying that early detection of melanoma by taking photos of moles and comparing them over time is a true life saver. But to actually be a life saver, the process of mole mapping needs to be done right. Therefore you need an experienced doctor who takes a fully comprehensive approach to ensure that no square inch of skin is left untouched.
The doctors and support staff at Mole Check Clinic are committed to helping their patients by promoting the values of earliest detection, self-examination, screening and consulting with your doctor if ever in doubt. We would rather have you come to us as soon as possible, unsure about the nature of moles or lesions on your skin, only for us to tell you that it’s nothing to worry about rather than have you thinking you’d be wasting our time by coming in only to learn the hard way that you should have seen us months earlier.
For detailed monitoring of the moles and spots on your body, make an appointment for a thorough mole check and mole mapping at Mole Check Clinic.