Exzidieren oder nicht: Auswirkung von MelaFind auf Biopsie-Entscheidungen atypischer Läsionen bei deutschen Dermatologen

Translated title of the contribution: To excise or not: Impact of MelaFind on German dermatologists' decisions to biopsy atypical lesions

Axel Hauschild, Suephy C. Chen, Michael Weichenthal, Andreas Blum, Hadley C. King, Jeff Goldsmith, Daniel O Scharfstein, Dina Gutkowicz-Krusin

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Objectives: To determine the biopsy sensitivity to melanoma of dermatologists in Germany and the impact of MelaFind® on their decisions to biopsy melanomas. Design Randomized two-armed online reader study presenting case information, clinical/dermatoscopic images of pigmented skin lesions and MelaFind results (Arm 2). Methods: Each participant was asked to review 130 pigmented skin lesions. Biopsy decisions of dermatologists without MelaFind versus MelaFind and dermatologists without MelaFind versus dermatologists with MelaFind were compared. Results: Dermatologists without MelaFind had average sensitivity to melanoma of 69.5 % and average specificity of 55.9 %. MelaFind had greater sensitivity than dermatologists alone (96.9 % vs. 69.5 %, one-sided p <0.00001) and lower specificity (9.2 % vs. 55.9 %, one-sided p <0.00001). Dermatologists with MelaFind had higher sensitivity than those without MelaFind (78 % vs. 69.5 %, one-sided p <0.00001) and a lower specificity (45.8 % vs. 55.9 %, one-sided p <0.00001). The number of dermatologists detecting over 90 % of melanomas increased from 3 of 101 without MelaFind to 22 of 101 with MelaFind (p = 0.00006) while specificity remained relatively equivalent (23 % vs. 21 %, p = 0.99). Conclusions: The MelaFind information, when incorporated into the final biopsy decision, can improve biopsy sensitivity with modest effect on biopsy specificity.

Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)606-616
Number of pages11
JournalJDDG - Journal of the German Society of Dermatology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Medicine(all)

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