Sun: Natural Isn’t Always Healthy

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By Staff Reports

(DGIwire) — Mother Nature can be both kind and cruel. For example, when it comes to the sun, “less is more” definitely applies. After warmer weather brings us out of winter hibernation, many people flock outside to bask in the rays. Yet overexposure to the sun can cause serious skin problems—despite the use of lots of sunscreen. Then there are the folks who can’t wait until the weather improves and opt to use tanning beds year-round. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that just one indoor tanning session significantly increases the chances of developing melanoma.

Fortunately, one medical technology company has created a system that reduces the amount of time it takes to visualize skin cancer—or determine that a suspicious-looking lesion is benign. Based in Boston and Rochester, Caliber Imaging & Diagnostics (Caliber I.D.) designs, develops, and markets imaging technology for examining skin tissue at the cellular level.

Caliber I.D. has created confocal microscopy devices called VivaScope®. This breakthrough technological advance can take pictures of an entire lesion layer by layer, and can help physicians to diagnose most skin diseases and disorders. Since there is no cutting involved, there is also no possibility of infection or scarring. Obtaining an image takes just a few minutes so the doctor can make a determination at the bedside, or the image can be transferred within minutes through the company’s VivaNet® system, so that a pathologist can diagnose it remotely. The VivaScope system has received the “Product of the Year 2013” Award from the German journal Aesthetic Dermatology.

L. Michael Hone, Chief Executive Officer of Caliber I.D., says, “We believe that our VivaScope system provides an innovative approach to skin cancer diagnosis, so that patients are able to get the help they need and deserve.”

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