Doctor requests digital photos (media objects)


At least one doctor is using media objects in diagnosis. Frustrated that the conditions described by patients were not always visible in the exam room, he recommends that the patient use a digital camera to document the condition when it occurs. It could be a rash, swelling, facial tic, etc. The doctor can then examine the photo as well as the patient. To go further, the photo of the condition should be captured by the someone other than the patient, if possible. Have you ever looked in the mirror and not seen something that is plain to family members. I have a lazy eye but it is never visible to me even when I look in the mirror. The same might be true of other conditions. With the proliferation of cameras and camera phones that have better and better resolution, digital media can be a real asset to diagnosis of conditions that are either random or only visible when the patient is in a natural state.

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