MELA Sciences Announces New Study Results Demonstrating Improved Diagnostic Accuracy for Resident Dermatologists When Utilizing MelaFind Predictive Probability Information

IRVINGTON, N.Y., July 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MELA Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:MELA), developer of the MelaFind® system, an optical diagnostic device approved for use in the U.S. and the European Union to assist dermatologists in melanoma diagnosis, today announced new study results demonstrating the effectiveness of MelaFind predictive probability information when used by dermatology residents. The results strongly correlate with the findings of a similar, previously reported analysis on dermatologists' decisions to biopsy. Together, these studies suggest the clinical impact of MelaFind predictive probability information (probability of lesion being melanoma and melanoma/high-grade) on decisions to biopsy suspicious pigmented skin lesions may expand to a wider range of practitioners.

The studies were facilitated by Darrell S. Rigel, MD, MS, a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at New York University, Langone Medical Center. Dr. Rigel commented, "Each study was conducted independently with dermatologists and residents, using the same methodology. The results show that the MelaFind information had a similar impact of increased diagnostic accuracy with no significant change in biopsy rates for both dermatologists and residents. It is very compelling to see similar improvement rates in both groups."

Study Methodology

The data for each study group were collected independently at separate dermatology conferences using equivalent methodology. Participants were presented with high-resolution clinical close up, clinical overview, and dermoscopic images for 12 lesions (3 melanomas in situ, 2 thin invasive melanomas, 7 atypical non-melanomas). The participants were asked if they would biopsy the lesion utilizing the presented images. After the results were collected, the MelaFind probability information was shown and the participants were asked again whether they would biopsy the lesion. Both sets of data were analyzed.

Resident Dermatologist Study Results

Data from 122 resident dermatologists were analyzed. Biopsy sensitivity increased by 29%, 54% to 83%, and the percentage of benign lesions selected for biopsy decreased by 17%, 50% to 33%. The percentage of resident dermatologists electing to biopsy all 5 melanomas increased by 46%, 3% to 49%, and overall diagnostic accuracy increased by 22%, 52% to 74%. The p-value in all four measurements was statistically significant at p<0.001. Results occurred with a non- significant change in the total number of lesions selected for biopsy.

These new findings correlate with the previously reported study results that showed dermatologists' overall diagnostic accuracy improved 18%. Similar to the residents, the dermatologist improvement occurred with a non-significant change in total number of lesions selected for biopsy.

The resident dermatologist study results will be presented at the Practical Dermatology & Dermatopathology Symposium August 14-17 in Vail, Colorado.

About MelaFind

MelaFind is the first and only medical device with FDA Pre-Market Approval (PMA) for the U.S. and CE Marking certification for the European Union designed to assist dermatologists in the evaluation and diagnosis of melanoma at its most curable stage. The MelaFind® system utilizes innovative software driven technology and state-of-the-art 3-D optical imaging to non-invasively extract data 2.5 mm below the skin surface from patient's pigmented ambiguous moles and objectively analyzes them with proprietary algorithms. MelaFind provides important additional perspective to physicians via 3-D spectral images and 100% objective data analysis to help them better understand the structural disorganization of a patient's pigmented ambiguous moles (before cutting the skin) during the evaluation and diagnosis process for melanoma.

About MELA Sciences, Inc.

MELA Sciences is a medical technology company dedicated to designing and developing innovative software-driven technology for the clinical early detection and prevention of skin cancer. MELA Sciences conducted the largest, positive prospective study ever done on the melanoma disease, and is the first and only medical technology company to receive both FDA Pre-Market Approval (PMA) for the U.S. and CE Marking certification for the European Union for a device of this nature.

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