1356 - Melanoma surveillance photography – total body photography and digital dermoscopy

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Application Detail



Description of Medical Service

Photography of body regions (total body photography) allows future comparison to look for new pigmented lesions which may be melanoma. Close up high resolution photographs of existing moles and freckles (digital dermoscopy) can be used for future comparison to look for the early changes of melanoma arising in existing moles and freckles. This new digital/computer based technology assists in early detection of melanoma.

Description of Medical Condition

Melanoma is a cancer which arises from the cells in the skin that produce skin colour (pigment cells= melanocytes). Melanomas grow initially in the skin, but as they progress, can spread elsewhere in the body and kill the patient. This process is called metastasis.

Melanoma is a major cause of cancer death in Australia. A major cause of melanoma is sun exposure – especially during childhood. Other factors include genetic predisposition. Risk factors that put people at high risk include: (1) multiple sunburns; (2) fair skin; (3) family history of melanoma; (4) multiple moles; (5) irregularly appearing moles (known as dysplastic naevi); (6) solarium use; and (7) depressed immune system.

Reason for Application

New MBS item

Medical Service Type


Previous Application Number

Not Applicable

Associated Documentation

Application Form


PICO Confirmation

Applicant Proposed Protocol for for comment, released 3 March 2014
Unratified DRAFT Protocol Released for Public Consultation (PDF 281 KB)
Unratified DRAFT Protocol Released for Public Consultation (Word 127 KB)

Assessment Report

Assessment Report (Word 2907 KB)
Assessment Report (PDF 6323 KB)

Public Summary Document


Meetings for this Application


16 - 17 April 2014
11 - 12 December 2014
11 - 12 August 2016