Does the Aid of MelaFind Affect Clinical Management Decisions
The objective of this study is to determine and compare the performance of dermatologists on the excision decision against the performance of MelaFind, a non-invasive and objective multi-spectral computer vision system designed as a tool to aid dermatologists in the detection of early melanoma. The hypothesis is that MelaFind's sensitivity is superior to the average excisions sensitivity of dermatologists.
Another objective is to determine and compare the performance of dermatologists with and without the aid of MelaFind. The hypothesis is that the average excision sensitivity of dermatologists with the aid of MelaFind is superior to the average excision sensitivity of dermatologists without the aid of MelaFind.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||To Excise or Not?: Comparing Clinical Management Decisions for Melanoma Between Dermatologists With and Without the Aid of MelaFind|
|Study Start Date:||October 2011|
|Study Completion Date:||March 2012|
|Primary Completion Date:||March 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Study dermatologists will review clinical exam information and 3 high quality digital images for each lesion without MelaFind result.
Study dermatologists will review clinical exam information, 3 high quality digital images, and MelaFind result for each lesion
PSL Experts, prospectively identified and recruited by the PI after the general recruitment is completed. They will review clinical exam information and 3 high quality digital images for each lesion without MelaFind result.
Early detection of melanoma is critical for favorable prognosis, since patients with earlier stage melanomas have a much higher probability of survival than with later stages. The traditional method of early detection has been with serial total body skin exams where the health care provider examines all skin surfaces, including mucosa, for suspicious pigmented lesions. The diagnostic performance of dermatologists for melanoma depends on the level of dermatological training. More important than being able to make a diagnosis of melanoma on clinical impression is the ability to make an appropriate decision to excise the lesion. To aid dermatologists in the detection of early melanoma, MelaFind was developed, a non-invasive and objective multi-spectral computer vision system technology. It was designed to generate output - MelaFind Positive or MelaFind Negative- for consideration in the lesion management decisions.
This survey study will determine and compare the average excision sensitivity to melanoma and specificity of dermatologists without MelaFind output to the average excision sensitivity to melanoma and specificity of dermatologists with MelaFind output. Another purpose is to determine and compare the sensitivity to melanoma and specificity of MelaFind to the average excision sensitivity to melanoma and specificity of dermatologists without MelaFind output.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01387581
|United States, New York|
|Irvington, New York, United States, 10533|
|Principal Investigator:||Axel Hauschild, MD||Dermatologic Cooperative Oncology Group|