Total body photography (also known as “mole mapping”) is an additional surveillance tool to assist with monitoring moles and skin lesions in order to help detect skin cancers including melanoma. A baseline set of high-resolution photographs is taken of the skin to document existing moles throughout your body. These photographs can be used at future visits with your dermatologist to help monitor for new or changing moles. Follow up photos taken on the FotoFinder system can be compared to analyze deviations in size, color, border, and shape.
Total body photography can be performed on North Metro Dermatology patients who want to undergo comprehensive screening for abnormal moles and melanoma. It is especially recommended for patients who have:
One of our female medical professionals will operate our FotoFinder to take your photographs. A second female member from our medical staff may be present as a chaperone. You are welcome to have a relative or friend present during the appointment. If the patient is younger than 18 years, a parent or legal guardian must be present at the appointment.
A typical session includes a series of 16-20 photographs of various zones of your body. You may undress to your level of comfort. If advised by your dermatologist, photography may include your breasts and genitals (unless you decline photography of these areas). Prior to your session, you will be asked to sign an informed consent form. The entire visit takes about 30 minutes.
Your photographs are stored on our local secure server. They are not stored in an off-site location (i.e. “the cloud"). Photographs are never shared or viewed by anyone except your dermatologist. Your dermatologist will review your photographs and discuss them with you during your full body skin exam. You will also receive an encrypted digital copy of your photographs.
Digital mole mapping is not covered by commercial insurance at this time, but may be eligible for coverage by some flexible benefit programs. North Metro Dermatology offers this service for $225 per session. Payment is due at the time of your appointment.
Your dermatologist will determine if you are a good candidate for digital mole mapping at your full body skin exam. Your dermatologist will also help determine when digital mole mapping should be repeated (typically every 2 years). Repeat mole mapping sessions should be scheduled at least 2 weeks before your full body skin exam.