Repeat photography of a spot (or limited number of spots) previously examined and photographed by our doctor within the last year. This appointment type does not include skin examination to look for skin cancers.
Follow-up photography, also known as serial dermoscopic photography, allows your doctor to monitor changes in skin lesions that look unusual, but are at low risk of being skin cancer.
- If an atypical (odd-looking) spot shows no signs of change on follow-up photography, it is unlikely to be a skin cancer.
- If an atypical spot changes on follow-up photography, this is sometimes an early warning sign of skin cancer which might otherwise have been undiagnosed until later.
Follow-up photography is useful for avoiding multiple and/or unnecessary biopsy procedures, especially in people with many atypical moles. The usual interval between initial examination of a skin lesion and follow-up photography is 3 months.
If you need follow-up photography, your doctor will recommend it when your mole or skin lesion is initially examined.
Previous patients of Spot Check Clinic with an atypical spot requiring review
Patients who have been requested by our doctor to return for follow-up examination of a spot of concern or interest
$60 - $90
1 - 3 spots: $60
4 or more spots: $90
$45 - $70
The discount fee is offered to:
- children under 18
- Health Care Card holders
Note: You must present a current and valid Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card when you attend for your appointment. Discounts are offered at our discretion and may be withheld for patients who have previously missed appointments or cancelled at late notice.
$21 - $41.40
The rebate varies according to the total amount of time spent with the doctor during your consultation.
- For up to 25 minutes, the rebate is $21
- For 26 - 45 minutes, the rebate is $38
- For 46 minutes or longer, the rebate is $71
The Medicare schedule fees for these items (53, 54, 47) have not increased since 1990.
Private health insurance
Skin cancer screening examination is covered by some private health insurers and clinical photography or "mole mapping" may also be covered. Insurers may require that the service is not covered by Medicare. Because there are so many variations in insurance policies, we cannot guarantee to have knowledge of the level of cover provided by your insurer. We recommend that you ask your insurer about their conditions before you attend for your appointment.