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What is MelaFind®

Only MelaFind® sees beneath the skin surface to help analyze irregular moles

MelaFind® is an FDA-approved, clinically tested, non-invasive, and painless medical device that sees into and analyzes the skin. It provides more information to your dermatologist – immediate results in a few easy steps – no waiting, no worrying.

  • Provides your dermatologist with critical information when deciding to biopsy irregular moles
  • Is painless, non-invasive and fast – your dermatologist receives data in less than a minute
  • Sees 2.5 mm below the surface of the skin, where the naked eye cannot see
  • Provides a record to you so you can track any changes in your moles.

Based on the MelaFind® report and other key factors - including your dermatologist's own clinical expertise - he or she will decide if the mole is potentially a melanoma and should be removed.

Click here for important safety information about MelaFind®.

During our skin cancer checks, we now have the advantage of using MelaFind® on unusual moles which helps us learn about the characteristics of a mole. "In turn, we're becoming better diagnosticians and are better able to identify melanoma in its most curable stages."

- Darrell Rigel, MD, Clinical Professor of Dermatology, New York University.

MelaFind Helps Detect Melanoma at it's Earliest Stages
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FAQs

  • Q. Where can I find MelaFind?

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    To find a dermatologist near you that has MelaFind, visit the MelaFinder® and simply enter your zip code into the search bar. You can also contact a customer support representative by e-mailing info@melafind.com or call toll free 855-635-2345.

     

  • Q. What is MelaFind®?

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    MelaFind® is a medical technology that is used during a skin exam or mole check to help dermatologists see under the skin’s surface. MelaFind® can help your dermatologist determine how irregular the growth pattern of your mole is under the skin.

  • Q. What is an irregular mole?

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    An irregular mole is a mole that has at least one characteristic in common with melanoma. These characteristics can be; Asymmetry (One half of the mole is different from the other half), Border (the border or edges of the mole are uneven, fuzzy, notched or irregular), Color (the color of the mole is uneven, has changed or has multiple colors), Diameter (the size of the mole is greater than 6 mm), Evolving (a mole that has changes in ABC or D over time), Patient’s Concern (you have a concern about your mole), Regression (part of the mole has scar-like white or blue-gray appearance), Ugly Duckling (a mole that looks markedly different from other moles on your body).

  • Q. What is a skin lesion?

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    A skin lesion is a superficial growth or patch of the skin that does not resemble the area surrounding it.

  • Q. What is melanoma?

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    Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Skin cancer occurs when cells grow abnormally and uncontrollably. One way to identify melanoma is to look for moles with irregular growth patterns.

  • Q. How do I know if I am at risk for melanoma?

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    Everyone is at risk for melanoma, even people who are not fair-skinned, have never spent a lot of time in the sun, have always used sunscreen, and have no family history of melanoma. That is why it is so important to have your skin examined regularly by a dermatologist.

  • Q. How does MelaFind® work?

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    MelaFind® uses light of 10 different wavelengths (i.e., colors) to evaluate the growth patterns of an irregular mole deep into the skin. Then, using highly sophisticated computer software, it analyzes the mole and provides an output that indicates the level of irregular growth patterns seen under the skin. MelaFind® provides an output of either “High Disorganization” or “Low Disorganization,” which your dermatologist will factor into the final decision about how to manage the mole.

  • Q. What should I expect?

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    MelaFind® sessions are performed right in the dermatologist’s office and it is a quick, painless evaluation. If there is hair on the mole, it will be shaved or trimmed and isopropyl alcohol will be sprayed onto the mole. Then, the MelaFind® Hand-Held will be lowered into contact with the skin and multi-spectral data will be obtained within seconds. In under a minute, MelaFind® will analyze the data and provide the MelaFind® output which your dermatologist can use when deciding whether or not to biopsy the mole. In some cases, MelaFind® may be unable to evaluate the data and provide any information. In those cases, your dermatologist will decide whether or not to biopsy the mole based on other available information, such as mole history, past sunburns, skin type, family and personal history of melanoma, and his/her clinical judgment. In the study demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of MelaFind®, 9% of moles were non-evaluable (could not be analyzed) by MelaFind®.

  • Q. Does MelaFind® use x-ray light?

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    No. MelaFind® uses light of 10 different wavelengths, from blue (430nm) to near infrared (950nm), to illuminate the mole for data capture; neither ultraviolet light nor X-rays are used.

  • Q. Is MelaFind® a body scanner?

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    No. A scan means that MelaFind® would be used on all of your moles. MelaFind® should only be used on irregular-looking or peculiar moles that your dermatologist wants more information about.

  • Q. Will I have access to my MelaFind® results so I can compare them to future MelaFind® sessions?

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    Your Electronic MelaRecord® will provide details of your mole(s), including images, in order to help to monitor potential changes between office visits.

    *If you feel any concern for your mole, please see your dermatologist immediately.

  • Q. Is MelaFind® painful?

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    No. MelaFind® is a non-invasive device that is placed lightly on top of the skin and is painless. Minor irritation may result from the application of alcohol.

  • Q. Does MelaFind® cause scarring?

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    No. Because it is non-invasive, it leaves no scars. If your dermatologist chooses to biopsy an irregular mole, a scar may develop at the biopsy site.

  • Q. What does MelaFind® tell me?

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    MelaFind® uses 10 different wavelengths of light to “see” into the skin and obtain hidden data from a mole as deep as 2.5 mm. The multi-spectral data are processed by the MelaFind® system, which uses advanced computer programs to analyze the features of the mole. In under a minute, MelaFind® tells your dermatologist if the mole has irregular growth patterns underneath the skin. Your dermatologist will receive either a “High Disorganization” reading, or a “Low Disorganization” reading. This is an indicator of the extent of peculiar cellular growth patterns under the surface. In some cases, MelaFind® may be unable to analyze the data and will inform your dermatologist that the data were non-evaluable.

  • Q. What does “High Disorganization” mean?

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    “High Disorganization” means that there is a high level of irregular growth patterns in your mole, but it does not mean the mole is melanoma. Some harmless moles may also have irregularities. Your dermatologist will use the MelaFind® data along with other information to decide whether or not your mole should be removed.

  • Q. What does “Low Disorganization” mean?

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    “Low Disorganization” means that there is a low level of irregular growth patterns in your mole. Your dermatologist may still choose to remove your mole based on other information.


    Based on the MelaFind® output, along with other information about the characteristics of the mole, your dermatologist will decide if the mole should be removed or left alone.

  • Q. When should MelaFind® be used?

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    MelaFind® is designed for use on moles that are peculiar. During a skin exam, dermatologists visually evaluate moles. Sometimes, your mole may have irregular features that can cause your doctor to take a closer look. Irregular moles can be harmless, but in some cases, they can actually be a melanoma. During your exam your dermatologist may decide that you are a candidate for MelaFind®.

  • Q. Will MelaFind® guarantee that my dermatologist has found all melanomas on my body?

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    MelaFind® is not intended to be a screening device and will only be used on moles that your dermatologist determines are irregular-looking and for which your dermatologist would like additional information regarding the level of irregular growth patterns seen under the surface of your mole.


    As with all tools that provide additional information during skin exams, there is a risk that melanomas will be missed and benign moles will be biopsied.

  • Q. Will MelaFind® reduce the number of biopsies that I have to undergo?

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    The ultimate decision to biopsy or not biopsy a mole is at the sole discretion of your dermatologist. MelaFind® is intended to provide additional information to your dermatologist when making this decision. In clinical studies, MelaFind® was shown to detect melanoma at a very high rate (98%) with fewer biopsies of benign moles than dermatologists.

  • Q. Should I ask my dermatologist to use MelaFind® on all of my moles?

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    No. MelaFind® is intended to be used on peculiar or irregular-looking moles when a dermatologist chooses to obtain additional information when deciding whether or not to biopsy a mole. MelaFind® is NOT a screening device.

  • Q. Is MelaFind® covered by insurance?

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    Because MelaFind® is a breakthrough medical device newly on the market, it is unlikely to be covered by insurance at this time.