The IMAGE Trial

Melanoma Surveillance Photography to Improve Early Detection of Melanoma

Melanoma surveillance photography is a comprehensive surveillance method.

To date, there is insufficient evidence that Melanoma Surveillance Photography improves outcomes. Currently, melanoma surveillance photography is not used routinely during skin examinations as part of ‘standard care’.

Melanoma Surveillance Photography is not reimbursed by Medicare and is often costly.

This project will test whether people who are monitored with Melanoma Surveillance Photography, have fewer benign lesions removed or sampled, compared to those who do not have Melanoma Surveillance Photography.

The IMAGE clinical trial will help provide the information needed by the Medical Services Advisory Committee (the committee advising the Australian Government on the public funding of new medical services), to decide if Melanoma Surveillance Photography should be covered by Medicare.

Logo of the IMAGE clinical trial into Melanoma Surveillance Photography

Trial Resources

IMAGE trial team

  • Associate Professor Victoria Mar (Study Chair) 
  • Professor Rory Wolfe
  • Professor Rachel Morton
  • Professor Peter Soyer
  • Professor Anne Cust
  • Associate Professor Pascale Guitera
  • Professor Monika Janda
  • Professor John Kelly 
  • Associate Professor Paul Fishburn 

Trial sites currently recruiting


Victoria Melanoma Service, Alfred Health, Melbourne
Email: | Phone: +61 3 9076 0816 

Skin Health Institute, Carlton
Email: | Phone: +61 3 9623 9465


Diamantina Institute, University of Queensland, Brisbane 
Email: | Phone: +61 7 3443 7481

FNQH Cairns Skin Cancer Centre, Cairns
Email: | Phone: +61 7 4040 5800

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