Recent studies investigated the value of teledermatology (TD) as a valid tool for a dermatologist-directed triage systems.
To investigate the feasibility of a store-and-forward TD triage system in a large number of patients.
Previously trained general practitioners selected suspicious skin tumours in the setting of a general preventive medicine screening programme and transmitted their dermoscopic images via virtual private network for decision-making. Within 48 h, two teleconsultants highly experienced in dermoscopy first assessed image quality, then made a diagnosis and answered if lesions were to follow-up, to excise or to be re-evaluated at face-to-face (FTF).
A total of 955 lesions were telediagnosed
We confirm that TD is suitable to triage skin cancers.
J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2014; 28(8):1103-1108, © 2013 European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.