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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2003 Oct;49(4):593-8.

Standardized positioning of patients (poses) for whole body cutaneous photography.

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Dermatology Service, Department of Medicine, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 10021, USA.


Whole body photography (WBP) has been used for decades by some specialized pigmented lesion clinics as an aid to early melanoma detection in high-risk persons. The recent advent of digital imaging systems for acquiring and archiving whole body skin images has resulted in greater dissemination of this technique. This in turn has led to the recent establishment of a Category III Current Procedural Terminology code for WBP. Here we present a proposed set of standardized body poses for WBP on the basis of the extant literature and the experience of a panel of experts in the field. The proposed poses were developed with consideration of patient comfort and technical efficiency. The poses were optimized to comply with a predetermined set of desirable technical parameters as assessed in a series of 20 consecutive patients. The resulting set of poses is presented as a first step toward the increased standardization of dermatologic WBP.

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