Photographic AK counting isn’t ready for prime time



Can photographs be as good as clinical examination for counting actinic keratoses?

Depending on the physician, AK counts varied widely on clinical assessment as well as in photos, reported Dr. Sudipta Sinnya of the Dermatology Research Centre at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, and associates. However, based on current two-dimensional technology, clinical counting yields superior results, said the researchers, who studied the counts of five trained observers carried out in two sessions with six patients.

“As technological advancements occur, three-dimensional photography will largely supersede two-dimensional photographs in clinical practice, and more robust image-capturing techniques should improve the accuracy of photogra­phic counting,” the researchers noted.

Read the full article from Acta Dermato-Venereologica (2015 [doi:10.2340/00015555-2040]) here.

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