US-based healthcare delivery network Hoag has become the first company in the US’ West Coast region to use the VECTRA WB360 3D photographic imaging system.

The imaging system is designed to detect and help prevent skin cancer and melanoma.

High rates of skin cancer in the West Coast region, particularly melanoma, have meant early detection is crucial.

The walk-through VECTRA WB360 machine uses 92 cameras to capture the entire skin surface in less than one second.

It then generates a 3D avatar of the patient’s body, mapping out all moles and lesions.

This advanced imaging technology allows dermatologists to improve care for high-risk skin cancer patients by closely monitoring changing lesions at follow-up exams.

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Led by experts in surgical and dermatologic oncology, Hoag’s Melanoma & Skin Cancer Program is using modern technology and working with community dermatologists to provide streamlined care for high-risk patients.

On detecting advanced disease, the multidisciplinary cancer team will determine the best treatment modality for each patient.

Hoag Dermatologic Oncology programme director Steven Wang said: “This highly innovative imaging system will allow our dermatologists to monitor suspicious lesions and track changes over time.

“More importantly, this powerful tool can help dermatologists detect skin cancer at the earliest stage, while avoiding unnecessary skin biopsies.

“Hoag patients are now among the first in the nation to have access to the VECTRA WB360’s advanced technology.”

Hoag Family Cancer Institute executive medical director Burton Eisenberg said: “In sunny Southern California, melanoma remains a prevalent problem, and nothing is more powerful than prevention or early detection.

“With this advanced non-invasive technology, our physicians will be able to detect changes in high-risk patients at the earliest possible stage.”

Earlier this month, Hoag’s Spine Center in Newport Beach, California, installed the EOSedge System to help improve the diagnosis and treatment of back pain in adult patients.