The benefits of digital photography are certainly numerous and include rapid image production, easy and quick deletion of poor images, no need for film or its associated expenses, decreased costs for enlargements, eas of editing and image storage, effortless placement in presentations or publications. Many physicians believe that the benefits of digital images clearly outweigh any limitations that future technologic advances will minimize. Digital imaging allows for the seamless integration of all patient images (eg, clinical, radiographic, pathologic) into the medical record. Additionally, manipulating these images with lighting, filters, or other processing techniques may encourage diagnostic advances (eg, distinguishing between benign and malignant surface lesions). Some drawbacks, however, continue to exist, including cost of the hardware and software, continuously evolving technology, power consumption and battery usage, lower image resolution compared with 35-mm photography, and the need to have backup image files. With decreasing costs, improving resolutions, and enhanced capabilities, digital cameras will overcome these limitations rapidly.
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