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Comment & Response
July 2013

Diagnostic Inaccuracy of Smartphone Applications for Melanoma Detection: Representative Lesion Sets and the Role for Adjunctive Technologies

Author Affiliations
  • 1Stoecker & Associates LLC, Rolla, Missouri
  • 2Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149(7):884. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.4334

To the Editor The study by Wolf et al1 highlights the low accuracy of smartphone applications for melanoma self-detection, and correctly concludes that these applications could harm patients by delaying melanoma treatment through incorrect diagnosis. The article also found 98% sensitivity with 30.4% specificity for pigmented lesion evaluation by store-and-forward teledermatology. We question whether the teledermatology results can be reproduced in a real-world setting.

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