Can your phone really diagnose melanoma? Not so fast!

According to an study published in JAMA Dermatology which evaluated 4 smartphone applications that analyze photographs to identify malignant melanoma, the apps were able to make the diagnosis of malignant melanoma between 6.8% to 98.1% of the time.  The app that was found to be most effective sends the photographs to a Dermatologist for evaluation. What is important to remember is that smartphone apps are not classified as medical tools but as educational devices and clearly do not replace the need for a professional opinion.

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