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Sultan Qaboos Univ Med J. 2019 May;19(2):e99-e102. doi: 10.18295/squmj.2019.19.02.003. Epub 2019 Sep 8.

The Ethics and Legality of Using Personal Smartphones to take Medical Photographs.

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Muscat Directorate of General Health Services, Ministry of Health, Muscat, Oman.

Abstract

Photography in the medical profession is an asset that may help during patients' follow-up, monitoring the progression of diseases, getting a second opinion and in medical educational activities. Advances in technology, specifically smartphones, have enabled medical professionals to obtain high-quality photographs with minimal effort and photography experience. This article discusses the ethics and legality of using personal smartphones in a medical professional setting for medical photography. Written informed consent should always be obtained from the patient and should include details about how the photographs will be used.

KEYWORDS:

Ethics; Informed Consent; Medical Education; Medical Legislation; Oman; Photography; Publications; Smartphone

PMID:
31538006
PMCID:
PMC6736259
DOI:
10.18295/squmj.2019.19.02.003
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