Enhance your virtual skin care with a SKLIP dermatoscope smartphone attachment
Depending on where you live, physical/time restraints, or other barriers during the COVID-19 pandemic, receiving routine dermatology care can be difficult. Remote options can be a great solution to receiving care without leaving your home – but technological issues such as poor image quality can limit provider’s ability to make diagnoses.
OHSU is excited to offer free rentals of an advanced imaging tool to assist patients in receiving the best possible virtual care.
The SKLIP is a type of dermatoscope that attaches to your smartphone. When properly aligned with your phone's camera, the SKLIP allows your phone to take images of your moles with higher clarity, magnification, and analysis tools. These photos can be used to supplement your virtual dermatology care, allowing you to provide the highest quality images thus improve your provider's ability to evaluate potential skin cancers, including melanoma.
OHSU is offering free, two-week rentals, of the SKLIP's to allow users to capture images of their concerning moles.
These images are taken using your phone, thus the photos are yours. You can use them however you best see fit. Two common options are to:
- Use the SKLIP images when submitting an E-visit or Virtual Visit
- Use the SKLIP images to send to your regular care provider to raise a concern
Frequently asked questions
- Request a SKLIP rental using the SKLIP request form
- The SKLIP will be sent to you when they are available (please note due to availability there may be delays in receiving your SKLIP)
- When the SKLIP arrives, attach it to your phone (instructions included), and use it to take photos of your concerning moles
- There is a two-week rental period which starts the day that the SKLIP arrives
- Once you are satisfied with your photos of your moles using the SKLIP, send the SKLIP back using the provided packaging and shipping info
- Use the photos however you see best fit. You can keep the photos for yourself, send them to your regular care provider to inquire about a concern, or use them to during a remote dermatology appointment at OHSU or other.
Yes, this is an attachment which clips on to the mobile phone and utilizes the phone’s rear facing camera.
A smartphone is a mobile (or cell phone) that includes additional software functions (such as e-mail or an Internet browser). Common brands of smartphones include but are not limited to Apple, Samsung and others. The SKLIP works with 99% of smartphones on the market, not including Motorola smartphones due to the location of their rear-facing cameras.
Anything on your skin or body that you are worried might be melanoma or other skin cancer. Melanoma comes in lots of different shapes and sizes – and the key is to detect it early. You will take a picture of each spot of concern with and without the SKLIP - the combination of both pictures is more helpful than either alone.
These are your photos. We recommend that you send concerning spots to a dermatologist for review, and that you save them for yourself as well, to determine if the spot is changing (a very powerful indicator that there may be a cancer developing). You may be able to send photos of your concerning spots to your existing provider to review. Please check with their office that they accept virtual visits or photos and are trained to read dermoscopic images. If you choose to do this please note that you are then responsible for any costs related to the review and arranging any necessary follow-up treatments or appointments. All that we ask is that you inform us in a post-review survey of the actions that you took.
Alternatively, if you wish to have OHSU dermatology provider review the photos, you will have to make an E-Visit appointment with us.
No. The SKLIP is not a diagnostic device. The high-quality dermoscopy images would need to be shared with a medical professional for their recommendations and followup care.
To request expert recommendations or care regarding your moles of concern, you can submit the photos as part of a virtual appointment. At OHSU, you can submit an E-visit or request a Virtual Visit. Other clinics may have other options which you can request.
You may also use these photographs to share with your regular care provider to inquire about something concerning. The high quality photos will allow you to best advocate for your concerns.
The dermatoscopes are on loan from OHSU. Each participant will have the dermatoscope for up to 2 weeks in order to be able to take photos of moles of concern.
Once the two weeks are up, we ask you to return the dermatoscope back to OHSU with the pre-paid return shipping box so that we can sanitize it and provide it to other users.
An E-Visit is a way to receive medical advice using technology instead of going in-person to a clinic or virtually via video visit. You complete an on-line medical questionnaire explaining your concern and can upload photos for review by the dermatology provider. Once your E-visit is submitted, you will receive a response with advice from the dermatology provider within two business days, via a secure MyChart message.
Anyone with an OHSU MyChart Account (free to sign up) can request an E-visit.
To learn more or submit an E-visit, visit our Dermatology E-visit page.
The maximum cost of an E-Visit is $75 without insurance. This service may be covered by your insurance, please call the number on your insurance card to check your coverage. We are willing to provide a statement that you can submit to your carrier if you believe this will be a reimbursed service but we will not directly bill your carrier. If you have any questions about E-Visit insurance coverage, please contact your health insurance provider directly.
Dermoscopy refers to the examination of the skin using a special tool to look at the skin surface. Dermoscopy is mainly used to evaluate pigmented skin lesions. Dermoscopy requires a special optical lens and a lighting system (a dermatoscope). This allows examination of skin structures and patterns that are not visible to the naked eye. This project uses a mobile phone attachment as a dermatoscope.