I went for a scan today just to see the machine in action and liked what I saw.
The machine was actually a little smaller and more compact than I expected and actually proved to be a good move on my part from a health standpoint. Two moles came back with high dis-organization, ones that I might add that my old school Derm with her glorified magnifying glass had been missing in her exam for quite some time on the six month checks. One mole came in with a relative low number on the scale and the Derm's PA said that would be one that they would watch, the other came back fairly high number and they took that one for biopsy. The number was not off the scale high but just over the lower limit where they biopsy to be on the safe side. I asked the PA what she would have done had she not had the melafind input and she told me that she would have first attempted to freeze with nitrogen the one taken for biopsy and would have biopsy the one that she decided to wait on due to the low number.
In addition, I had someone else with me who's Derm recommended biopsy on two moles, they were scanned and found to be low-disorganization, thus saving them from unnecessary biopsy.
The PA said that they do not use the machine as a simple yeah or no but use it as a supplemental tool for more information in making a diagnosis. They also said that they are getting a lot of use from the machine with three to five patients per day and analyzing three to five moles per patient.
Pricing- When I first contacted this office approximately two months ago, they stated that the charge was $50 for the first mole (assume to cover the cost of the card) and $25 for each additional mole. They ended up charging us each $50 total for the melafind exam and insurance covered the rest. My question now is if they have gone to the $12.50 per mole exam that Gulfo was speaking about and then this particular Derm is collecting an additional $12.50 per mole.
I feel that this turned out to be a very worth while trip.
Excellent post. Thanks. Now if we could only get you to stop being this boards's policeman. I know you feel that you are being helpful to newbies by constantly fighting with the bshers here, but in truth, all this back and forth childish posting is driving newbies away from the board. You are not doing the rest of us longs a service by constantly bickering with the bashers. They love it and we longs hate it.
is driving newbies away from the board
Um.......its the FRICKEN share price that is driving newbies away from the board stupid. Of course Endo with you being a shareholder, you just gave away your intelligence and credibility to them.
"Now if we could only get you to stop being this boards's policeman" - endo
Ha! Ha! LOL. Join the club endo. Fish, Sam, and others have publicly admonished this IDIOT to quit acting like a child and end the teenaged banter. Unfortunately his addictive personality forces him to behave this way. Cptn will be back in just a few moments and prove to all that he really can't stop it.