There seems to be a growing market in smartphone accessories for magnification devices which perform various useful functions. One device that fits into this niche is the HUD Smart Mole Scanner. It is a small device that connects to your phone and then allows you to photograph any mole on your skin that may be in question. There is also an app that works in conjunction with the scanner that helps educate the consumer about abnormal conditions they should be concerned about. They do mention on their site that it should not however replace a physician’s analysis.
It comes with a fitted adapter specifically for the iPhone 6 or 7 depending upon what you need, and also a universal adapter for any other smartphone ranging from 4 to 5.5 inches in size. They may want to consider enlarging it a bit considering that many smartphones are pushing 6 inches in 2017. Their First Derm app for iOS or Android allows users to actually send photos of their skin images to a board certified dermatologist. The physician will then determine if you need an immediate biopsy or if you are in the clear until your next regular check up. It does not mention how much this costs or if there are any additional hoops you would have to jump through in order to achieve this. Certainly, the idea of being able to simply e-mail a photo of your skin to a doctor and getting an instant diagnosis is amazing. Whether or not it is as easy as they make it sound, we are unsure.
Update: Your first mole evaluation is apparently free of charge. After that it will cost anywhere from $25 to $100, depending on how fast you want your turnaround time. $25 for 48 hours, $40 for 24 hours, and $100 for 4 hours. Meanwhile, the app is completely free.
The team that designed this device and the accompanying app have been doing research since 2013 to make this happen. They launched their Indiegogo campaign in October of 2015, and already began delivering to their backers in the 1st quarter of 2016. You can purchase this on their Indiegogo campaign site for $80.