The uses of digital photography in dermatology

J Am Acad Dermatol. 1999 Nov;41(5 Pt 1):749-56. doi: 10.1016/s0190-9622(99)70012-5.


Digital photography is a powerful tool that is transforming the specialty of dermatology by integrating patient and practice management. The fundamentals of digital imaging are discussed, and an approach to the selection of a digital camera and its associated hardware and software is provided. The applications of this technology to patient and practice management are addressed, and the ethical implications of digital tampering are also discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dermatology / methods
  • Dermatology / trends
  • Diagnosis, Computer-Assisted*
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Melanoma / diagnosis
  • Photography / methods*
  • Skin Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Telemedicine