Published on Apr 22, 2017 and last reviewed on Sep 07, 2018 - 4 min read
This article tells you how to take pictures of your medical records and your own body. These pictures can be used to digitize and keep a handy copy of your and your family's medical records, and when required they can be uploaded along with your queries while seeking health advice online.
Here a picture will say a thousand words, but only in a mysterious language of medical literature. Though images of affected areas of the body may not completely replace the need for in-person examination, in most cases, if rightly taken and when considered in the appropriate context these can:
Take Pictures Bearing the Following Things in Mind:
1) There is no better light than daylight to take pictures, including selfies. It is diffuse and neutral in colour.
2) Wash or clean the area thoroughly before you take a picture.
3) Try to take someone’s help in taking pictures especially for the back. Stand straight or lie down with your arms by the sides while taking a picture. Rotated pictures can be very confusing. In case you cannot take someone’s help, use a selfie stick or a camera on a stand and timer mode.
4) Wide field of image helps in orientation of the picture. If you have a problem near your belly button, take a picture to include the whole abdomen extending from lower chest and include the groin. You can take a further close up after the wide view picture and post both pictures.
5) In case of eyes, ears, limbs, joints, hands, feet, etc., the field of picture should contain both the sides of body, for example, if you have issue with one knee, put both the knees together and then ask someone to take the picture. In case of documents, image the whole page including date and institution, lab name, and place.
6) Take a picture of the site of the problem or lesion by placing a measuring tape by the side of lesion. Place the measuring tape in centimetres around 10 cm from the edge of the problem lesion. Do not use a metal ruler as it will shine and glare will obscure the markings. If using a plastic ruler, paste a strip of white paper behind a transparent ruler to make its markings prominent.
7) The background of the image that would help to bring out the contrast better is grey or dark bluish colour. This is because most cameras are automatically set to designate around 15 % of colours in a picture as being grey.
8) The best angle for taking a picture of a document is.
9) But for the body regions, the best angle is not straight, but a spot-on view of the site.
10) Making a brief HD video is also possible, provided the website accepts it.
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