The early diagnosis of melanocytic skin cancer, with an App that incorporates space technology developed by the technological multinational GMV, is the object of the DALEM project. The Biomedical Research Foundation of the La Paz University Hospital in Madrid (FIBHULP) has launched, together with GMV, the DALEM projectfocused on providing technological means for the surveillance of pigmented skin lesions. Coinciding with the world melanoma day which will be held today may 23both organizations wanted to highlight the data on the incidence of the disease that show the need for self-examination and preventive screenings and follow-ups. Skin cancer in its different forms of presentation is one of the most frequent. According to data from the Spanish Society of Medical Oncology (SEOM), the number of deaths from malignant melanoma of the skin in our country was 655 in 2020. The total prevalence in men during this period amounted to 38,873 and in women to 58,673. To reduce the morbidity and mortality of melanoma, self-examination is key, since, despite the data mentioned, the level of awareness of the population is not high. If with the mobile any person is going to be able to self-examine without the need for specific knowledge, the adherence of patients to such a simple method will increase, seeking early diagnoses, something that is essential for the prognosis. So with our mobile camera will record the skin map of the moles to be observedr to see morphology, characteristics and peculiarities and evolutionary changes over time. These dermatologist-reviewed images they will be the basis for establishing a diagnosis, as early as possible, something that is of inestimable value, especially in patients susceptible to developing a malignant pigmentary lesion such as melanoma.
This advance in medicine, hand in hand with digital technology, will help establish a early diagnosis At the same time, it will undoubtedly facilitate the monitoring process, something that was only achieved until now, only through face-to-face consultation.
Through our mobile phone we can record the evolution of pigmentary skin lesions (cutaneous moles) and the dermatologist detect possible melanomas at an early stage
In this way, the transfer of navigation technology to dermatology implies for the patient Benefits such as: The early diagnosis of malignant pigmentary lesions such as melanoma and the consequent reduction in mortality. The personalized follow-up of the patient, closing the gap between the work of the dermatologist in consultation and the follow-up of possible changes in the skin. .Track moles (pigmentary lesions) in a simple and chronological way over time; Observe when new pigmentary lesions appear.
Benefits of transferring GMV’s space technology to dermatology
in space, GMV it has become the sixth industrial group and the first mid-cap (mid‑capitalization) in the European space sector, with more than 1,300 people working in this area. It is the first providerr of the world of control centers for commercial satellite operators. Highlighting among others, the award of the contract for the evolution and maintenance of the ground control segment of Galileo. The different directions of the company take advantage of the common knowledge to transfer it from one area to another. In this particular case, apply space developments in the health field.
Thus, the space navigation algorithms developed by GMV, based on vision for the precise descent and landing of space rovers, are applied as we have explained to the Surveillance of pigmented skin lesions via mobile phone. In the spatial context, the so-called navigation strategies are capable of matching points of interest such as craters or other orographic features of a previously acquired image. This allows location tracking and determination of velocity and alignment parameters with the desired landing point.
The doctors specializing in medical-surgical dermatology and venereology from the La Paz University Hospital who participate in the project, Ander Paulo Mayor Ibarguren; Marta Feito Rodriguez; Fátima Albizuri Prado and Rosa Feltes Ochoa agree that, as Feltes points out, “the advance that this technology could represent over existing systems for the identification and follow-up of images of pigmented lesions could be very significant. None of the apps currently available on the market provide a means of detecting new moles or changes to existing ones over time. Therefore, a safe and automatic way of discriminating whether or not there are changes in the skin before the next follow-up appointment is necessary. In addition, the recording of images at different times and with an acceptable level of robustness can be very useful in the necessary monitoring before the diagnosis of pathologies with an oncological profile, such as melanoma”.
GMV is a Spanish technology group founded in 1984, with private capital and an international presence. It operates in the sectors: aerospace, defense and security, cybersecurity, intelligent transport systems, automotive, health, telecommunications and information technology for Public Administrations and large companies. In 2021 it obtained revenues of more than 260 million euros. With a workforce of more than 2,500 professionals, the company currently has subsidiaries in Spain, the USA, Germany, France, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Malaysia, and Colombia, and 75 % of your turnover comes from international projects on five continents. The company’s growth strategy is based on continuous innovation, devoting 10% of its turnover to R+D+i. GMV has reached CMMI level 5, the world’s most prestigious model for improving the capacity of an organization’s processes, and has numerous international patents. GMV is currently the world’s leading independent provider of ground control systems for commercial telecommunications satellite operators and the European leader in the ground segment of navigation systems (EGNOS and Galileo); the main provider of C4I command and control systems for the Spanish Army; the first national provider of telematics systems for public transport and a trusted provider of software, services and telematics systems in the automotive sector for more than 15 years. In the ICT sector, it has become a national benchmark as a provider of advanced cybersecurity solutions and services in IP networks, mobility applications and ICT applications for Public Administrations and the development of e-Administration