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Virtual Dermatologist: An application of 3D modeling to tele-healthcare

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2 Author(s)
Lam, D. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA ; DeSouza, G.N.

In this paper, we present preliminary results towards the development of the Virtual Dermatologist: A 3D image and tactile database for virtual examination of dermatology patients. This system, which can be installed and operated by non-dermatologists in remotes areas where access to a dermatologist is difficult, will enhance and broaden the application of tele-healthcare, and it will greatly facilitate the surveillance and consequent diagnosis of various skin diseases. Unlike other systems that monitor the progress of skin diseases using qualitative data on simple baseline (2D) photography, the proposed system will also allow for the quantitative assessment of the progress of the disease over time (e.g. thickness, size, roughness, etc). In fact, the 3D model created by the proposed system will let the dermatologist perform dermatoscopic-like examinations over specially annotated areas of the 3D model of the patient's body (i.e. higher definition areas of the 3D model). As part of its future development, the system will also allow the dermatologist to virtually touch and feel the lesion through a haptic interface. In its current form, the system can detect skin lesions smaller than 1mm, as we demonstrate in the result section.

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e-Health Networking Applications and Services (Healthcom), 2011 13th IEEE International Conference on

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13-15 June 2011