The application of space technology in the monitoring of pigmented skin lesions will enable early detection of melanomas

The use of space technology in the monitoring of pigmented skin lesions will allow early detection of melanoma

Press release from: GMV Space Systems
Published: Tuesday, February 22, 2022

The technology is multinational GMV and the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Universitario La Paz Hospital in Madrid (FIBHULP) have launched the DALEM project, collaborating in the development and application of space technology transfer for the monitoring of pigmented skin lesions.

One of the tasks of the European Space Agency (ESA) is to open new markets for space technologies and increase the return on investment in them. To that end, it has recently opened new competitions aimed at transferring space technology to other sectors. One of them took the form of the DALEM project, in which the multinational technology company GMV collaborates with FIBHULP to improve early diagnosis of skin cancer.

As reported by the Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (AEDV) and its Foundation for Healthy Skin, “examination and examination of each person’s skin by dermatologists are key measures to detect melanoma at an early stage and conduct effective treatment to improve survival. patients affected by this skin cancer ”.

Numerous studies show that the best way to facilitate early diagnosis of melanoma and reduce morbidity and mortality is self-examination. Despite the fact that experts prescribe periodic examinations and recommend self-examination, self-examination is complicated by the increasing number of lesions. In addition, the frequency of patients’ use of self-examination would increase if they could use an affordable device such as a mobile phone.

Mobile phone cameras now have sufficient resolution and quality to record a skin map based on images on which pigmented lesions can be identified and traced. Tracking moles with a mobile phone allows a person without clinical knowledge or special devices to find and record the evolution of each mole on their body over time based on a history of images that a specialist can view during a medical examination. review. Thus, adequate screening as a preventive measure in people especially prone to melanoma will help early diagnosis and reduce morbidity and mortality.

Transfer of GMV space technology in dermatology

Spatial navigation algorithms developed by GMV, based on vision-based algorithms for accurate launching and landing of space rovers, will be used to monitor pigmented skin damage based on mobile phones. In the spatial context, so-called navigation strategies are able to match interesting places, such as craters or other orographic features from a previously obtained image. This allows you to track the location and determine the speed and alignment parameters with the desired landing point.

Thus, the transfer of navigation technology in dermatology offers four main immediate benefits:

1. It facilitates early diagnosis of melanoma and reduces mortality from this cause as a result of self-examination conducted by patients using their mobile phone.2. This bridges the gap between the dermatologist’s work in consultation and what the patient needs for personal observation: a safe and automatic way to distinguish changes in the skin before the next follow-up visit.3. This allows the patient to track moles without the need for clinical examination or special devices, and to locate and record the evolution of each mole on their own body over time.4. This allows the patient and dermatologist to notice the appearance of new pigmented lesions and how the lesions change over time.

As Carlos Ilyana, GMV’s Secure e-Solutions Product Manager, admits: “The Emergency Radiology Department at Madrid’s Universitario La Paz Hospital has extensive experience in controlled image-based scans, and they will help our software and artificial intelligence team achieve clinically significant results. a form of interaction between patients and dermatologists will improve the current monitoring procedure, which is only achieved during consultations, but can now be incorporated into patients ’daily routines”.

Doctors Ander Paulo, Mayor Ibarguren, Martha Feita Rodriguez, Fatima Albizuri Prada and Rosa Feltes Achoa, specialists in hospital-surgical dermatology and venereology at La Paz University Hospital, are involved in the project. Preventing this technology can represent more existing systems for obtaining and monitoring image lesions can be very significant. None of the apps currently available on the market provide the means to detect new moles either changes in existing moles over time. Therefore, a safe and automatic method is needed to make sure there are no changes in the skin before the next intake. In addition, recording images at different times and with an acceptable level of reliability can be very useful for the necessary monitoring before the diagnosis of pathologies such as melanoma.

GMV is a privately held technology business group founded in 1984 and trades worldwide in the following sectors: aerospace, security and safety, cybersecurity, intelligent transportation systems, automotive, healthcare, telecommunications and IT for government agencies and large corporations. In 2020, he had an income of more than 260 million euros. With more than 2,500 employees, the company now operates subsidiaries in Spain, the United States, Germany, France, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Malaysia and Colombia. Seventy-five percent of its turnover is accounted for by international projects on all five continents. The company’s growth strategy is based on continuous innovation, and it returns 10% of its turnover to internal research and development. GMV has reached the 5th level of CMMI, the most prestigious model in the world in terms of improving the organization’s technology, and has many international patents. GMV is currently the world’s number one independent provider of terrestrial control systems for commercial satellite telecommunications operators and a European leader in the terrestrial segment of global navigation satellite systems (EGNOS and Galileo). It is also a major provider of C41 control and management systems for the Spanish Army and a leading national provider of telematics systems for public transport. For more than 15 years, it has also been a proven provider of telematics software, services and systems in the automotive sector. In the ICT sector, it has become a national benchmark as a provider of advanced cybersecurity solutions and services for IP networks, ICT applications and mobile applications for governments and e-government development.

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