Dermatology Image Repository for Learning Environment

Skin diseases are one of the most common types of infections any person may experience regardless of the age. Although most of the times, skin diseases are not such dangerous, it makes ugliness and uncomfortable. As it may spread all over the body, it is always better to make steps to cure from such complications from the very first instance. Almost all the abnormalities on the skin can be a skin disease including pimples, blackheads, etc.

Recognizing a skin disease is hard as most of the people are not aware of the form of the disease. There can be similar diseases with slightly changed characteristics. In order to have an understanding about these diseases, Dermatology Image Repository was developed as the foundation for formal or informal learning environment.

In Dermatology, there are lots of categories which include the images and the descriptions of the diseases. A person who has experienced browsing images of similar diseases could easily identify the disease when such a thing is observed if he/ she has a general understanding about the skin disorders. Such a person can further browse based on the similarity to verify the exact type of the skin disease. If the learning environment has enough facilities to contact relevant doctors, online real type chat discussion or forum discussion can be created based on these identified cases. Patients could also publish relevant images of his/her case. Later on the doctor can release them in an anonymous way to the image repository for future browsing with some notations attached. This environment will help both doctors and patients to consult as well as to learn the subject matter.

For patients it would be a kind of an informal learning experience and doctors could use the system to create a structural learning experience based on categories of diseases.
In one aspect this repository is a foundation for the consultation and learning, at the same time, it could be a progressive knowledge base which includes both doctors and patients experience.