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    Palomar unveils Skintel melanin reader


    Burlington, Mass. — Palomar Medical Technologies, based here, has announced the availability of its Skintel Melanin Reader, which the company says is the only melanin reader cleared by the Food and Drug Administration for use with light-based treatments.

    The device was introduced at the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, held March 16-20 in San Diego.

    According to a GlobeNewswire report, the Skintel Melanin Reader measures skin-diffuse reflectance at three wavelengths of light and computes these into a Melanin Index value, which sets the suggested parameters in the Palomar Icon Aesthetic System for a starting-treatment test spot fluence. This provides practitioners with a quantitative method for measuring melanin content for better treatment guidance and increased confidence in light-based treatments such as hair removal or photorejuvenation, the company says.

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    Bill Gillette
    Bill Gillette is a freelance writer based in Richmond Heights, Ohio.