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New machine helps identify melanoma accurately, painlessly

Ann-Marie Bennett, Dr Alex Chen and Nevisense chief executive Simon Grant with the new machine while practice manager Jeanette Martin looks on in the background.
Ann-Marie Bennett, Dr Alex Chen and Nevisense chief executive Simon Grant with the new machine while practice manager Jeanette Martin looks on in the background. Robyne Cuerel

THE world's latest and most advanced device for fighting melanoma has come to the Fraser Coast, providing an accurate and painless identification procedure for patients.

The Bazaar St Medical Centre in Maryborough has ordered two machines in the fight against skin cancers.

The Nevisense is the world's first objective diagnostic support tool for non-visual detection of malignant melanoma.

The medical centre will be the first in Queensland to receive this state-of-the-art technology and only the second place in Australia to offer this service to patients.

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Another machine ordered for Maryborough, the MoleMax HD, allows doctors to use high definition skin imaging equipment with a body mapping function - allowing images of skin marks to be stored.

Expected to be fully operational in about a fortnight, the Nevisense is exciting medical staff at the centre.

Bazaar St Medical Centre practice manager Jeanette Martin told the Chronicle the doctors at the surgery would have the best equipment for fighting cancers.

"It'll be fantastic for diagnosing melanomas," she said.

"We're getting a lot of patients coming to have skin checks done.

"And this particular machine is within 98% accuracy."

The Nevisense is both safe and painless.

By providing diagnostic information that is unavailable through other methods, it allows doctors to make more informed decisions in difficult or borderline cases.

Nevisense, used as a diagnostic support tool, makes it possible to increase diagnostic accuracy, leading to both early detection of malignant melanoma and a reduction in unnecessary biopsies.

Topics:  diagnosis, identification, maryborough, melanoma, skin cancer



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