For too long, patients with pigmented skin have been marginalized and faced worse outcomes than their peers with lighter skin colors. Textbooks and other resources have traditionally underrepresented presentations of disease in people of color.
For over 20 years, VisualDx has been committed to providing a comprehensive resource for medical images across all skin types. We know the importance of helping health care professionals with the challenges and subtleties of recognizing skin changes in patients with darker skin pigmentation. Equally important is the ability to engage with patients of color by showing them images that look like them or the way a diagnosis manifests on dark skin. This can build confidence and trust - an essential part of practicing exemplary medicine.
1. Alvarado SM, Feng H, Representation of dark skin images of common dermatologic conditions in educational resources: a cross-sectional analysis, JAAD (2020), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaad.2020.06.041. Published June 10, 2020. Accessed June 18, 2020.
— Alvarado SM, Feng H, Representation of dark skin images of common dermatologic conditions in educational resources: a cross-sectional analysis, JAAD. Published June 10, 2020.
In 2017, VisualDx released the AI-enabled feature, DermExpert, which helps non-specialists identify and diagnose skin conditions by taking a photo of their patient. DermExpert employs machine learning models which have been trained, from the beginning, on a range of images from very dark skin to light skin, to all skin tones in between. This ensures that every patient, no matter their skin color, will experience the same quality performance from the DermExpert app.
Brian Browne, MD, an emergency medicine physician at the University of Maryland, shared his experience using DermExpert with a patient of color. "She loved how this app worked,” said Dr. Browne. He was pleased to be able to accurately diagnose and treat her lobular capillary hemangioma.