App scans skin to check for melanoma

28 Jun 2011

Skin Scan, an iPhone app that claims to be able to tell users whether or not a mole on their skin is healthy, has secured €50,000 in seed funding from Seedmoney.

Skin Scan, a product of Cronian Labs, is available on the Apple App Store.

The app works by taking a picture of a mole on the skin, then, using a proprietary algorithm to look at the shapes which exist in human skin, calculates if the shape of the mole means it is developing normally or abnormally, as in a cancerous melanoma.

Skin Scan does have a disclaimer, though.

“The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice, or delay in seeking it, because of something you have read on Skin Scan.”

In fact, the app also includes a ‘Find nearby doctors’ feature.

The team behind Skin Scan includes dermatologists and mathematicians.