Total Body Photography (TBP)
In July 2010, we engaged Canfield Scientific's Derma-Trak Imaging Systems, probably the most highly respected Total Body Photography (TBP) providers in the country, to come to our conference in Texas and make this service available to anyone in attendance. TBP is a medically prescribed procedure which dermatologists use to help them keep track of the appearance of facets of the skin. In the case of large nevi, which are supposed to be "watched for changes," TBP is currently the only way you can tell if a pigmented lesion has changed.
Why do we need TBP?
We felt this was important for two reasons. First, we do not have any medical research-worthy collection of suitable images of people with nevi in our repository and we should; we will need that for future research endeavors. Second, this procedure is notoriously difficult to get insurance to pay for. The doctors prescribe it, since it is important for people affected by large nevi, but if insurance won't cover it, patients may not have it done.
With our need for research-grade resources, and the patients' need for relief from insurance nightmares, we felt it made sense to make this service available to anyone coming to our conference, in exchange for their allowing us to include their images in our data repository.
Before the 2010 conference, we set as our goal to get TBP of 10 patients. When the dust settled, we had photographed 68 patients. On behalf of all of us at Nevus Outreach, we wish to thank the 68 people and their families who participated in the project.
We are pleased to announce that agreements are in place to provide this service at the 2012 and 2014 Nevus Outreach Conferences.
The Total Body Photography project at the 2012 Nevus Outreach Conference was an unprecedented success. While we had hoped to get TBP of 10 patients, we ended up with 68! It took a little extra time to process so many, but with the help of our hard workers, we have sent the results out to all participants.