THE NEED FOR AN ARCHIVE OF VALIDATED SKIN LESION IMAGES
Today, there are innumerable digital images of skin lesions residing on the internet in the public, private, and academic domains. Nonetheless, current efforts in melanoma education and diagnosis typically rely on convenience samples of small numbers of images that vary in annotation, quality, and technique. A large public repository of skin images meeting the standards developed within the ISIC Melanoma Project will serve multiple communities:
- Clinicians and educators can use the archive to improve diagnostic skills and provide clinical support in the identification of unusual skin lesions.
- The general public may use the archive for self-education about melanoma and the benefits of early detection, and
- Developers of diagnostic tools for skin lesions may develop and test new tools using the standard reference images in the archive.