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Camera Phone Can Boost Urology Practice Functions

Images can be shipped via secure Internet connection and incorporated into office notes

THURSDAY, April 20 (HealthDay News) -- Pictures taken with a camera phone can improve the function of a urology practice, allowing secure Internet transmission, instant storage and the addition of office notes, according to a study in the April issue of Urology.

Sanjay Razdan, M.D., of Cedars Medical Center in Miami, and colleagues used camera phones to take photographs in the operating room and outpatient clinic. They transmitted the images over the Internet to the office computer and incorporated them into office notes.

The researchers report that the quality of the images were adequate for demonstration purposes. One plus was that they could be sent and stored via a secure Internet link. The best images came straight from the X-ray box or a liquid crystal display monitor. Camera phone software helped staff to edit pictures and add labels.

"This method allows the acquisition of fair-quality digital images of surgical procedures and radiographic studies with simultaneous data transmission and storage for clinical documentation," the authors write. "The technology reduced costs and increased the efficiency of our practice considerably."

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