Canfield Scientific (Parsippany, NJ) have recently installed the first commercial Vectra WB360 whole-body skin lesion mapping system. Skin cancer can develop from lesions on the skin, such as moles. If a lesion begins to change shape or size it might be turning cancerous. For people at risk of skin cancer, such as those who have already suffered from the disease, it is important to monitor the lesions on their skin to see if any are beginning to show signs of cancer.
Cancerous lesions can be identified as they sometimes grow faster than non-cancerous lesions, or appear spontaneously. Currently, dermatologists need to track lesions over time, using a photographer to take photos of individual lesions every time a patient comes in for a check-up. It can be difficult to keep track of all the lesions on the skin, especially with multiple check-ups over time.
This new system takes a 360-degree scan of the entire body and identifies all the lesions on the skin. The images are stored at macro quality resolution and 3D body maps can be generated, allowing accurate measurements on the skin surface. Suspicious lesions can be flagged for closer analysis and changes in lesions over time can be spotted more easily. Software to compare lesions on two different body-maps, taken during different scans, is currently in development for the system.
Lesions that appear spontaneously, or those that are growing quickly, can be easily identified. The system can be used to help identify a range of skin cancers. As well as reducing the time needed to document suspect lesions, the scanner also removes the need for a medical photographer.
Here’s the system performing a scan in a few seconds:
And the software to analyze the results:
Product page: VECTRA WB360…