ABOUT the Human Surface Anatomy Labeling System

Designed by Matt Molenda, MD
Mapping Coordinators:
Matthew Palmer, MS4 NEOUCOM
Kapil Sachdeva, MS4 Ohio State

ABSTRACT

AUTHORS:
Matthew Palmer2; Kapil Sachdeva1; David Lambert, MD1; Matthew A. Molenda, MD1
1. The Ohio State University Medical Center, Division of Dermatology, Columbus, OH; 2. Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Rootstown, OH

TITLE:
Web-based Human Surface Anatomy Labeling System For Dermatologic Health Care Environments

PURPOSE:
Proper, specific, and reproducible labeling of anatomic locations of dermatologic lesions is important, especially when performing biopsies. Patients with a history of multiple procedures can have scars that are difficult to differentiate from biopsy sites when ambiguous terms are used. This is especially true when a surgeon receives a referral for a biopsy-proven diagnosis that has an indistinct body site listed as the lesion location (e.g., “nose” is non-specific). Thorough and detailed labeling can also help surgeons more definitively plan discussions about surgical options prior to meeting a patient. To eliminate the problems associated with improper or vague labeling, a web-based Human Surface Anatomy Mapper was developed to allow labeling of mapped surface images. In addition, these labels, if collected for all patients in a particular practice, hospital group, or community, provide a dataset that can be mined for valuable information. Such a dataset has broad applicability to the epidemiology of dermatologic disease, for instance, and can be used to determine the most common anatomic locations of a certain skin disorder. Conversely, the dataset can also be used to determine the most common skin disorders that involve a specific location. Finally, this technology could be applied in an office-based setting to produce a list of locations treated (e.g., with liquid nitrogen, intralesional medications, etc). Ultimately, this technology increases the efficiency of producing accurate anatomic descriptions for biopsy and treatment sites.

DESIGN:
A web-based Human Surface Anatomy Mapper was developed to display anatomic locations when hovering a mouse cursor over a mapped image. Clicking on a location will add the image location name to a moveable, modifiable text box that can be copied and pasted into an Electronic Medical Record.

SUMMARY:
A web-based Human Surface Anatomy Mapper was developed to allow labeling of mapped surface anatomy images. This application allows for the precise and comprehensive labeling of anatomic locations of dermatologic disease, thereby reducing biopsy and treatment site ambiguity and providing a rich dataset upon which data mining can be performed.

CONCLUSION:
A web-based Human Surface Anatomy Mapper that allows for standardization of specimen labeling can be used to reduce biopsy site ambiguity and to perform epidemiology research. The ability to generate lists of anatomic locations can also be useful in the office setting.


To view the poster presented at the ODA and the ASDS meeting, click on the thumbnail below. AnatomyMapper.com was also presented as an oral presentation at the 2010 ASDS meeting and the 2010 Cosmetic Surgery Forum.



Oral Presentations:

Molenda M, Palmer M, Sachdeva K, Lambert D. "Web-based Human Surface Anatomy Labeling System."

Poster Presentations:

Palmer M, Sachdeva K, Lambert D, Molenda M. Web-based Human Surface Anatomy Labeling System For Dermatologic Health Care Environments.


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