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    Catherine Poole
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    Have any of you found good photography services for this? I would like to compile a list for all here.

    #59652
    Jenni
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    I used DigitalDerm through Stanford and I like the pictures. They cost me 375.00 out of pocket I think, but they are clear and easy to use. Well worth the $$.

    Jenni

    #59653
    Eos99
    Participant

    I am so glad you are doing this, thank you!

    #59654
    Catherine Poole
    Keymaster

    Digitalderm does have 18 locations and has a good reputation you can look them up of course at http://www.digitalderm.com

    #59655
    TX_Bryan
    Participant

    MD Anderson had an in house photographer and studio. Not sure how they coded it, but insurance ended up picking up the cost. My local dermatologist refers back to photos at every check up. Good to see if new areas pop up, but a little harder to pick up change on some existing moles. Surprised technology hasn’t evolved more in this area (ie computer mapping and flagging change scan to scan).

    #59656
    cohanja
    Participant

    same thing with the Melanoma and Pigmented Lesion Clinic at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. . they did in house, insurance covered it

    Photographic Surveillance: a New and Practical Intervention Strategy

    Unique to the Melanoma Surveillance Clinic is photographic surveillance, a procedure in which a specialist physician compares to photographic baseline each and every visible mole and all visible anatomic sites on the skin. This comparison is made during periodic surveillance examinations. Photographic baseline consists of pictures of the total skin surface. These pictures consist of approximately 36 poses, taken by the Rush Photo Group in their professional studio within the Medical Center.

    Photographic surveillance helps physicians and patients focus on lesions at highest risk, namely moles that appear to be new or changing compared to photographic baseline. So unnecessary surgery may be avoided for moles that are deemed to be benign in appearance and stable photographically. Photographic surveillance examinations are conducted at four- to 12-month intervals, depending on the perceived degree of melanoma risk.

    Photographic surveillance, combined with monthly partner/family-assisted examinations and self-examinations, facilitates the detection of new moles or changing moles that could be melanoma in an early and curable phase of development. Melanoma that is surgically removed in an early phase of development, before cancer cells have had a chance to spread, is tantamount to cure.

    Patients who are most likely to benefit from the procedure of photographic surveillance have one or more of the historical or physical traits listed above.

    Getting Started on Photographic Surveillance

    Patients wishing to take advantage of the Photographic Surveillance Clinic require a screening examination by a dermatologist to assess melanoma risk and the need for photographic surveillance.

    #59657
    Catherine Poole
    Keymaster

    Thanks, keep them coming so we can list them in our resource page..

    #59658
    goldengirl2011
    Participant

    I also used DigitalDerm and paid $375.00. I tried to get insurance to pay for it, but no luck. The pictures came out great, and very easy to view.

    #59659
    alli
    Participant

    Unfortunately, there is no place in Indianapolis that does this kind of photography. In fact, when I called one of the local melanoma specialists to ask if they offered that service, they said no and asked me to please call back if I found a place that took whole body photographs locally so they had that information.

    #59660
    barb3246
    Participant

    Does anyone know of a place in the Boston area that does this?

    #59661
    Catherine Poole
    Keymaster

    Barb,

    If you google, whole body photography dermatology Boston, you will see a whole host of places, I would go to one connected to a teaching university though, such as Mass General, or Boston University. But there are plenty of options in Boston.

    #59662
    Jenni
    Participant

    Beth Israel does in Boston.

    #59663
    chas66
    Participant

    If anybody comes up with something for Western NY, I’d love to hear about it. Haven’t been able to locate anyone.

    #59664
    tbeau
    Participant

    I would also like to know if anyone knows of a place in the upstate (Capital District) NY area. I only know of one photographer who does it locally and he will not do it unless I switch dermatologists because he only works with that dermatologist. I didn’t want to do that so I didn’t pursue it any further.

    #59665
    Catherine Poole
    Keymaster

    I am not having any luck finding a place near you. You can do this yourself with your partner. Using a digital camera, take photos of your moles and skin areas of concern. Otherwise you may have to travel to NYC. Do you have any teaching institutions nearby? How about the general area you are near in upstate NY?

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