Skin cancer phone apps aren't very accurate: study

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elhamb3166 wrote:

Speaking to the three apps that use algorithms in lieu of a trained human expert to evaluate the possible melanoma–

Who in their right mind would trust software written by some unknown individual who probably does not have any sort of formal medical training much less a degree in computer science to tell them if they had a potentially deadly skin cancer?

Moreover, is the resolution and color field on every phone camera appropriate for obtaining photographs of high enough quality that a general purpose ‘one size fits all’ application would even have a better than coin-flip chance at making a correct diagnoses?

Oh, well–its just a cheap phone app so no harm done.

Jan 18, 2013 10:08am EST  --  Report as abuse
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