- Take Control of Your Mole™
measures and analyzes the ABCD features of moles on the skin:
asymmetry, border irregularity,
color variations and dimension
(length, perimeter and area). It is ideal
for people with dysplastic nevus syndrome who may have hundreds of moles and who need to monitor the size
and shape of the moles. The MoleSense product includes hardware (a camera rail and an optional remote switch) and software (for image acquisition and analysis). Using your own digital camera along with the MoleSense hardware and software, you can take pictures of your moles from which the software can measure and
analyze the size and shape of the moles. MoleSense can be used as a part of a
mole mapping procedure, in which individuals
with dysplastic nevus syndrome map the size and location of moles over their
Note: The MoleSense software is no longer available
for purchase. Please consider using our free
Chrome extension instead.
The MoleSense software has been cited by the following sources:
- Intel Corporation,
Method and Apparatus for Identifying Mole Growth, US patent#
- Gu, Yanliang,
Skin Lesion Extraction and its Application, Master's Thesis,
Michigan Technological University, 2014.
- J Cohen,
Dysplastic Nevus Syndrome - Mole Monitoring Methods, 2010.
Below are some of the product features (click on the images to enlarge):
- The software
measures moles' asymmetry, border irregularity and dimension (maximum
length, perimeter and area). For individuals with dysplastic nevus
syndrome, who may otherwise find it difficult to record or remember the
size of hundreds of moles, the software offers an automated quick way to
record analysis of multiple moles.
- The software
automatically detects the border of moles.
You can analyze
mole colors by drawing a color map and by
using a color filter.
- You can remove hair
- With a click of a mouse you can print a report that includes the image of the moles (with a ruler plotted on the image) and information about the image settings and camera settings.
When working with a webcam, you can use a Timer to acquire multiple images with a set time-delay between the images. Use the time-delays to shift the position of the camera across your body.
A description of the image may be saved with each image. Such a description may include the location of the moles (e.g. on the right foot), changes you have noticed in the shape of a mole, or things to look for in the future.
You can choose between English and metric measurement units.
You can view the images at a later time (e.g. in a few months) to recall the size of moles at specific dates. By taking pictures every few months, you can monitor changes over time in the moles’ size.
This is especially advantageous for people with dysplastic nevus syndrome
who may otherwise find it difficult to record or remember the size of
You can easily take pictures of moles across your body while maintaining a constant distance between the camera lens and your skin, using the camera rail. Maintaining a
constant distance between the camera lens and your skin is important for ensuring valid mole measurements.
(When using a digicam, you may want to use the Self-Timer and Macro
modes of your digicam.)
This feature is especially useful for individuals with dysplastic nevus
syndrome who may need to take many pictures across their body.
When working with a webcam, you can use an optional remote switch (provided with MoleSense). The remote switch allows you to easily take pictures while scanning areas of your skin with a webcam.
You simply click the switch to take a picture. The remote switch connects to the parallel port of your computer.
How the software measures
the size of moles: following a calibration process, the software “learns” the field of view of your camera. The software can then measure the
size of moles in images that you acquire (mole length, perimeter and area), draw rulers on images, and more. You can calibrate the software to work with multiple cameras.
is NOT designed to replace doctor visits, regular self exams of moles in front of a mirror, or any other mole monitoring measures. MoleSense
should not be used for diagnosing skin cancer or any other medical problems.