DUMBER THAN DUMB SMARTPHONE APPS and HEALTHY SKIN


Some new Smartphone apps, designed to help the user determine if their skin lesions are benign or malignant, are far from smart!

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Several were recently evaluated for accuracy in a well designed medical study. “Three apps that relied on computer analysis comparing smartphone pictures to a database of biopsy-proven melanomas were studied and had appallingly low sensitivities in detecting melanoma, ranging from 7 to 70%,” says noted dermatologist, Dr. Neil Schultz.

Think about this for a moment. That mean that an app with 7% sensitivity missed 93% of the melanomas, calling them benign! Apps with 70% missed 30% of the melanomas.

Sometimes you can be a lot smarter without your SmartPhone.

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