FotoFinder Mole Mapping
About Mole Mapping
Mole mapping is a skin surveillance system that utilizes digital imaging to catalogue all the moles on your face and body. Once the initial mapping is complete and stored in the computer, follow-up visits allow us to compare images and identify any changes in your moles.
We use the latest technology- a sophisticated system from Canfield Scientific called FotoFinder- that involves a combination of digital photography with a computer software program to document every inch of a patient’s skin. Consisting of a digital camera and small studio lights mounted to a metal frame, photos are taken of a patient in 36 poses so that the entire body is pictured.
When completed, an exact mole catalogue is stored on electronic media and provides a panoramic view of your body. This helps us to localize every mole and facilitates an accurate comparison of earlier images to the most recent ones taken. All camera settings are done by the computer and are automatically adjusted for the follow-up images. This guarantees quality control over the whole imaging process.
A computer-aided comparison of baseline (your first session) and follow-up photos is the most reliable way to detect new moles. Diagnostic accuracy can be significantly increased as even the slightest changes in mole structure are visualized.
What to expect
Photos are taken in a private room and it’s up to you whether you want to undress completely or leave your undergarments on. You should not cover up any areas that have moles.
During the photo session our medical assistant will pose you so we get 36 images of you, head to toe. The mole mapping procedure is quick: the visit and total body mapping only requires 30 minutes.
A Vitality Institute physician will review the photos on large high-definition computer monitors and compare them to any previous photos taken. If any new or changing moles of concern are noted, our physician will take a closer look with a dermoscope and discuss the next steps to be taken.
FotoFinder Mole Mapping is recommended for patients who have 50 moles or more on their body, or whose moles have been changing over time.