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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Q. What does Siascopy stand for?
A. Spectrophotometric Intracutaneous Analysis
Q. Are there any dangers to this technique?
A. There are no known dangers at all. It is perfectly safe if you are pregnant, have a pace-maker, or any replacement body parts (hip or knee protheses etc). No problems for children although they do have to remain as still as possible during the 10 second recording phase.
Q. Is there any discomfort to the proceedure?
A. None at all. A non allergenic matching fluid is dabbed on the skin and then the sensor head is applied to the skin with gentle pressure for around 10 seconds.
Q. Can the procedure be done through clothing?
A. No. Ideally you will indicate to the doctor the moles you are concerned about and the Siascope Sensor will need to be applied directly to the skin. It is important to note that moles which occur in unexpected areas are actually more likely to be dangerous eg. Beneath nails or on the soles of the feet. Clearly no reassurance can be given about areas that are not shown to the doctor. A Nurse is available during every consultation.
A. Your own doctor will always be informed and has the opportunity to undertake the procedure if he/she offers this service. Dr Julian Roberts can perform excisions as a private patient and would prefer to do so if there are significant concerns. Under some circumstances you could be referred to the General Surgical Waiting List at Waitemata Health (North Shore Hospital). Dr Roberts has the surgical sub-contract from Waitemata District Health Board for these procedures on the North Shore
Q. How accurate is the diagnosis?
A. When all 4 features and a personal and family history are taken accuracy is 97% which is substantially better than any previous technique. If you wish to see this scientifically represented where specificity and sensitivity are defined and tabulated in a number of the scientific papers supporting SIAscopy, (along with several other related documents). The following documents are available to be read on the Links Page (1) Sample Patient Reports a and b, (2) A non-invasive imaging system for assisting in the diagnosis of malignant melanoma by Symon D'Oyly Cotton, (3) The Clinical Application of Spectrophotometric Intracutaneous Analysis for the Diagnosis of Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma by Marc Dominic Spence Moncrieff (Note that this thesis is in parts, so you will only be able to read one part at a time).
Q. How many SIAscopes are there in New Zealand?
A. Currently Sunnynook Medical Centre Ltd has one of only five fully operating SIAscopes in New Zealand. A number are on order from the parent company in UK for other sites. Astron Clinica (the New Zealand distributor) has a demonstration model in Epsom. There are 25 in operation in Australia and large numbers in the National Health Service in UK.
Q. How much does a SIAscope examination cost?
Q. How long does an examination take?
A. Usually about 45 minutes including a personal and family history
Q. How do I arrange to have a SIAscope examination?
A. Arrange an appointment by telephoning or e-mailing us (See Contact Details)