Skin Image Search™ Testimonial – Pre cancerous lesion – Actinic Keratosis
Skin Image Search™ Testimonial
Yesterday a user reached out to us, and wanted to know if the result she had received from our Skin Image Search™ was correct and if it could be trusted.
She had gone to visit her 70 year old father and she saw that he had some new skin lesions on his nose. Since childhood they have enjoyed vacations on the beach, skiing in the mountains and her father has always loved working in the garden during the summer. They have Nordic origins, so they have fair skin and burn quite easily in the sun.
She gave Skin Image Search™ a try, and got a 5 ranked result of possible skin conditions (see the image above). She got concerned, because it indicated that it was Actinic Keratosis which is a pre-cancerous lesion. She then wondered if she should go to see a dermatologist in person.
I told her, if she was still unsure that it could be Actinic Keratosis she could ask our online dermatologists and have an answer within hours… However, she did not want to pay for an online visit, but instead chose to see a dermatologist in person…. The only problem is that there is a 3 months wait.
How accurate is the Skin Image Search™ algorithm?
Skin Image Search™ current algorithm has been trained on 33 different skin diseases, where it is 40% correct on one skin disease class and 80% correct on the top five skin disease classes (differential skin diseases).
Skin Image Search™ is currently not as good as a dermatologist, but better than many non-dermatologist physicians. It should be used as an informational guide on skin diseases and it does not replace a dermatologist. However it is much better than a random internet search to help guide you to relevant health information about your or a loved ones skin condition.
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Specialist doctor from the University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden. I moved to the Bay Area in January 2013 and I attended the School of Public Health, UC Berkeley from 2013 to 2014 as a visiting PhD candidate. My PhD thesis is on Digital Health and so far I have published 4 peer review scientific papers. I founded First Derm in 2014.