Imaging technology helps Cottesloe clinic make early detection of skin cancer

NSCC Cottesloe skin cancer doctor Dr Bob Noll with patient Mandy Robinson. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
NSCC Cottesloe skin cancer doctor Dr Bob Noll with patient Mandy Robinson. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

NATIONAL Skin Cancer Centre Cottesloe will be the first in Australia to home Canfield IntelliStudio skin imaging technology that has the ability to detect melanoma at its earliest stage.

Resident NSCC Cottesloe skin cancer doctor Dr Bob Noll said full-body imaging technology was a pivotal tool in skin cancer detection.

Dr Noll said the technology provided the most reliable tracking by the analysis of skin changes through microscopic images.

“The technology was developed in New York and it’s got high definition photography; the images we get from the 50 megapixel camera are a very good record of what is going to be followed right through, over decades possibly,” he said.

“Images are sorted in a stable format called RAW and allows us to keep close watch on a patient’s skin and a lesion and any changes, but the technology also allows us to detect melanoma at its earliest stage.”

Dr Noll said it was hard to determine technology success rates with skin cancer detection.

However, he had managed to pick up several melanomas in its earliest stages on people who had never had skin checks previously.

Beechboro resident Mandy Robinson is a former skin cancer patient who was under Dr Noll’s care during her successful treatment of basal cell carcinoma.

Mrs Robinson, who is now skin cancer-free, said she was diagnosed at the earliest stage and the new technology helped track her skin cancer to make sure it was not growing.

“I’m very grateful; the technology made it really easy in keeping track of the spots and areas around it,” she said.

Bookings for full body skin checks can be made by calling 6280 0180.

Dr Bob Noll’s five sun protection tips

1.There is nothing healthy about getting a tan.

2.Avoid ultraviolet exposure during the day.

3.Wear protective clothing and hats when exposed to the sun.

4.Wear either SPF35 or SPF50 sunscreen.

5.Use sunglasses to protect your eyes.