Smartphone applications that say they can help determine whether or not a skin lesion is cancerous by reviewing a picture are often inaccurate, a new study reports.
Three out of four applications tested in the study misclassified at least 30
percent of melanomas as "unconcerning," the researchers said.
Just one application, which sent user images to an actual doctor for review, was highly accurate, correctly diagnosing 98 percent of melanomas.
All the applications included a disclaimer saying they were to be used for educational purposes only, and were not intended for obtaining a diagnosis. Still, there is concern that people may substitute feedback from the applications for a real medical evaluation, the researchers said.