GPs beat machine at mole checks

A GP's naked eye is sharper at triaging potential melanomas than sophisticated imaging technology, a study finds.

In a randomised trial of more than 1200 patients with suspicious pigmented lesions, GPs using clinical know-how and a simple checklist did better at ruling out melanomas than those using a new imaging tool known as MoleMate.

Billed as quicker and easier to learn than dermoscopy, the tool comprises a handheld scanner which produces detailed images of lesions,