Benefits of Radiographs Taken with Concurrently Obtained Patient Photographs

Patient photographs automatically obtained along with with portable radiographs demonstrate benefit in patient identification, laterality, and position and may assist with interpretation.

Course ID: Q00602 Category:


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Targeted CE per ARRT’s Discipline, Category, and Subcategory classification for enrollments starting after January 27, 2023:
[Note: Discipline-specific Targeted CE credits may be less than the total Category A credits approved for this course.]

Radiography: 0.75
Patient Care: 0.75
Patient Interactions and Management: 0.75

Registered Radiologist Assistant: 0.75
Patient Care: 0.75
Patient Management: 0.75


  1. Introduction
  2. Camera Technology in Brief
  3. Impact of Point-of-Care Photographs on Portable Radiography
    1. Impact on Quality Control
    2. Assisting with Interpretation
    3. Preventing Unnecessary Calls: Performing Oneís Own Clinical Correlation
    4. New Way to Physically Assess Patients
  4. Photography in Medicine and Other Approaches to Photography in Radiology
  5. Conclusion


Upon completion of this course, students will:

  1. understand the authors’ motivation for the development of technology to obtain point-of-care patient photographs along with portable radiographs
  2. recall the hospital in which the point-of-care technology was implemented
  3. state the HIPAA compliant environment in which patient photographs are stored
  4. explain HIPAA compliant patient identifiers
  5. list the advantages of implementing point-of-care technology
  6. describe where the camera is mounted in order to obtain patient photographs
  7. explain the information contained on the photographs that are sent through the hospital’s wireless fidelity
  8. compare display size of a patient photograph to that of the radiograph
  9. state the number of wrong-patient errors in radiology as documented by the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority in 2009
  10. recall how many wrong patient errors were noted within the first 350 portable radiographs taken at the authors’ institution while using point-of-care photographic technology
  11. describe advantages of point-of-care photographs as they relate to patient positioning
  12. explain how point-of-care photography assists in the diagnosis of osteomylitis
  13. describe how point-of-care photography assists in helping the radiologist rule out free air
  14. list the information from patient monitors that may be captured during point-of-care photography
  15. explain the disadvantages of using photographs of patient monitors in the diagnostic process
  16. list types of support hardware that may be photographed during chest and abdominal radiography
  17. describe the area imaged in thoracoabdominal radiography
  18. differentiate enteric tubes from other types of support hardware
  19. explain why an enteric tube may not be seen on a radiograph
  20. utilize patient photographs to discern potential issues not seen on radiographs
  21. explain the unexpected finding in the authors’ initial experience with the point-of-care technology
  22. correlate patient external appearance with their internal findings
  23. state how many years ago photography in medicine was utilized to document dysplastic nevi
  24. describe total-body photography reimbursement by insurance companies as it relates to specific conditions
  25. list the disadvantages of using smart phone or tablet technology to obtain patient photographs