MelApp was released last month by Health Discovery Corporation. It’s a new iPhone app to assess the risk of melanoma. MelApp is not meant to replace dermatologists, but it should be an easy-to-use help in the early detection of melanoma. It uses the ABCDE (Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter and Evolution) assessment to analyze the picture. This is how it works:
MelApp uses patent protected, highly sophisticated, state-of-the-art mathematical algorithms and image based pattern recognition technology to analyze the uploaded image. MelApp was validated using an image database licensed from Johns Hopkins University Medical Center. Using the iPhone camera feature, users can take a picture of their skin lesions and moles and within seconds receive a risk analysis of their uploaded picture being a melanoma. Utilizing your iPhone GPS, MelApp can refer you to a nearby physician specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of melanoma for proper medical follow up, without the need to input a zip code or any personal information. These pictures also can be stored on MelApp and reviewed for changes in the skin lesions occurring over time.
However, it’s not the first app for the assessment of skin lesions. Earlier this year a similar app, Skinscan for iOS was released for $4.99 by Cronian Labs from Romania. MelApp costs three dollars less at $1.99 and is currently available only for iOS. It seems like fair price for an early warning, if you turn out to be the one who gets sent to the doctor.
Product page: MelApp
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