TOTAL BODY PHOTOGRAPHY FOR MELANOMA

total body photography


Total body photography (TBP) is the photographing of the skin with emphasis on preexisting moles to allow for earlier detection of melanoma on follow up visits. Several commercial systems are available. As of yet, there are no recommended guidelines, e.g. 18 photos total, 2 for each foot etc.

Technique

Goal

FDA

Advantages

In one study, patients at risk for melanoma experienced a 3.8 fold reduction in nevus biopsies after total body photography (TBP) [JAAD 2016;75;135]

Disadvantages

Potential Candidates for TBP

Alternatives

Self-photography might be an alternative for motivated patients. In one study, it was associated with a decrease in the number of biopsies at followup [JAAD 2015;73;704].

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