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Lumio S allows more precise BCC surgery August 17 2016

See how Jason DuPont MD uses his Lumio S during Mohs surgery.

Early Detection March 11 2016

A DermLite user writes: "This is J Marshall Knox M.D., the dermatologist on Maui that you sold a Lumio S . . . as the Maui dermatology meeting was ending. When I picked up the DermLite, I randomly picked out a 2 mm regular medium brown freckle on my left forearm to evaluate the optics. The optics were excellent and picked up some tiny flecks of black pigment that were not visible to the naked eye.  Three dermatologists thought it would be a pigmented basal cell. My wife and later my nurse did not see anything different from the other freckles on my arm. I'm pretty sure I also showed you the lesion as well. The biopsy actually revealed a severely atypical compound nevus that required a wider excision as if it was a melanoma in situ. If you had not suggested that I look at the magnifier, the lesion would have probably progressed into a melanoma by the time it was clinically visible.
Thank you!"

Redefines Convenience August 26 2013

A DermLite user writes: "I used to have problems doing dermatoscopy/nevoscopy at the VA clinic (which I attend 2 half days a week). We see many atypical nevi, lentigos, lentigo malignas and melanomas there, but it never seemed worth the effort to cart the nevoscope the 3 or 4 blocks from the University Clinic with it's attendant power supply (or even a dermatoscope with or without it's charger!) to the VA twice a week, every week. Some weeks I don't even need it, so it would be a lot of effort for the privilege of always having a dermatoscope when I need it. Even worse was the thought of buying an expensive dermatoscope and trying to find a place where the scope or the charger base would not walk off some week.

The DermLite has changed all that. Now I simply slip this compact instrument in my white coat pocket (actually it stays there all the time, and I never notice it unless it happens to fall out when I bend over). This means that effectively, I always have a dermatoscope handy wherever I am, be it the private clinic at the University or seeing patients at the VA with the residents. It is so lightweight that I never notice it until I reach for it, which is more and more often. All this for about the same cost or less than a traditional dermatoscope!

It is also possible to take reasonable quality nevoscopic photos through a DermLite with my trusty Nikon 950 digital camera (see below). These photos are good enough to show to my residents during our weekly dermatoscopy/digital photo review sessions, although they are not a substitute for good nevoscopic photographs.

For anyone who has tried dermatoscopy, but for the most part gave it up because of the time and trouble it took for you to leave the room and go find it, this is the instrument for you. For those who are already using a pocket magnifying glass or a lighted magnifying glass, why not have a dermatoscope for the same effort it takes you to carry and use your trusty magnifying loupe? I sincerely think that if you ever try a DermLite you will never go back to your old lighted magnifying loupe.

In fact, I have noticed that almost everyone who uses this thing, quickly wants one of their own. (...) Recently a surgical colleague of mine helped me with a skin cancer screening clinic and ended up using my DermLite more than I did! I'm glad we had it with us, which is really a testament to how easy this thing is to carry around (since you always leave it in your coat pocket). If you like using a magnifying loupe you will like this better because it is a lighted magnifying glass on steroids. If you like dermatoscopes you will like this better because it's always with you and therefore can be deployed in seconds not minutes. If you have no experience with either, this is still a good time and a good instrument to get started doing dermatoscopy with, because it is the most practical, usable device I have ever seen for this purpose. Even if you never formally learn the principles of dermatoscopy, this is the best magnifying glass you've ever had in your hand.

Disclaimer: I do not have any stake in 3Gen or stand to gain from the sale of these instruments beyond obtaining a DermLite for one of my residents who needs it to help me screen patients for a clinical trial we are doing together."

Clearly Whiter Light August 26 2013

Steven Tang, M.D.: "I am showing my patients for comparison either my old Heine or Welch Allyn Dermatoscopes... and they are impressed with the clearly "whiter" LED light and the crisp view [of the DermLite]. It may not be conventional, but on live marketing events, having a Heine ot Welch-Allyn for comparison will sell your product."


Bright and Revealing August 26 2013

Dr. Pierre Jaffe, 
Dermatologist (Columbia, SC): "I'm enjoying my DermLite. I compare the image to my MoleMax video camera and find it brighter and just as revealing - even better when viewed thru an Optivisor, a magnifying loupe commonly used by derms.

Two things I would like to see - a rechargeable battery and an attachment for my Sony Mavica digital camera for documentation purposes. I also appreciate the portability of the device compared to the Welch-Allyn dermatoscope."

A Feast for the Eyes August 26 2013

Dr. Diane Thaler, Dermatologist (Madison, Wisconsin) writes: "What can I say... the Dermlite is great fun. A feast for the eyes. It is the only "toy" that I have (besides my Mavica), not having the Dermascope/Lasers/Palm pilots, etc...

The Dermlite has made the "mole check" of any patient visit a trip to a museum. Nevi have become works of art.

And for a non gadget person, how easy to use.The design makes intuitive sense. I even got the batteries in without looking at the directions! :-) Personally, I like the "non medical instrument" look and feel of it. And then when you hand it to a patient to look at their own lentigo or nevus it is as if you gave them a VW bug to drive, but with a 300 HP motor. A big surprise. What fun.

This counts as the "esthetic" evaluation... I am sure other [doctors] will evaluate other parameters."

Wonderful and reliable August 26 2013

Bobby from NYC: "I've been using the base DL100 for the last 5 years and have had a wonderful, reliable experience with it. All 6 of our providers get one upon signing with us. The decision to biopsy a pigmented lesion becomes instantly straight-forward."

Easier visualization August 26 2003

Dr. Guiseppe Argenziano (Naples, Italy): "DermLite is a very feasible tool! It allows fast and precise dermoscopic observation of pigmented skin lesions, since no oil is required for visualizing dermoscopic features in pigmented skin lesions. Also, it is the smallest hand-held dermatoscope I have ever used!

During my daily routine I have been using the DermLite for scoring various melanocytic lesions with the 7-point checklist. This is a simplified scoring method for the dermoscopic diagnosis of melanoma.

Using the 7-point checklist one has to score the presence of 7 dermoscopic criteria, namely, atypical network, blue-white veil, atypical vascular pattern (so-called major criteria), and irregular streaks, irregular dots/globules, irregular pigmentation, and regression structures (blue, pepper-like granules and/or white, scar-like areas; so-called minor criteria).

When at least one major and one minor criteria (or 3 minor criteria) are present, the diagnosis of melanoma may be suspected and the lesion has to be removed.

By using DermLite all dermoscopic criteria for the 7-point checklist can be easily recognized. Interestingly enough, vascular patterns can be seen more easily with DermLite compared with other hand-held dermatoscopes, since the vessels are not missed because of the glass-slide compression." 

At the time of this review, Dr. Guiseppe Argenziano was at the Clinica Dermatologica at the Federico II University of Naples, Italy. He has published several studies about the subject as well as the books "Epiluminescence Microscopy. A new approach to in vivo detection of Sarcoptes scabiei" and "Epiluminescence microscopy: criteria of cutaneous melanoma progression".

He is well-known for his 7-point checklist for the diagnosis of doubtful melanocytic skin lesions.