A concept of an integrated system for monitoring changes on the human skin

DS 87-1 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 1: Resource Sensitive Design, Design Research Applications and Case Studies, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Zezelj, Dragan; Bojcetic, Nenad; Pletikapic Exle, Latica
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: University of Zagreb, Croatia; 2: Palfinger Marine d.o.o., Slovenia
Section: Resource Sensitive Design, Design Research Applications and Case Studies
Page(s): 529-538
ISBN: 978-1-904670-89-6
ISSN: 2220-4342


In this study, a concept of an integrated system for monitoring changes on the human skin is presented. The system is based on a static or mobile self-service front-end facility. Its purpose is to support an early detection of abnormal changes on the skin surface within a skin cancer prevention scheme, especially in the countries or areas where the public health care is not appropriate or widely available. Periodically performed skin self-examination is useful but subjective, and thus not reliable. To provide a more reliable method of skin examination, a design concept of a front-end facility is introduced. The facility can be a mobile booth that can be easily mounted in a public place with only few installation demands or it can be a permanent facility inside a building. It would be capable of making automatic video recordings or of taking photographs and, based on the given user ID, of comparing samples and detecting changes via a connection to the central monitoring system. Advantages of the system would be its accessibility for general public, unmanned operation, and a centralized database and detection system operated by medical experts.

Keywords: Industrial design, Large-scale engineering systems, Social responsibility, Vision systems, Skin cancer prevention


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