By Dr Jodie Abramovitch
Smart (mobile) phones allow for rapid and multi-faceted communication between people. This feature of smart phones has been used with success within the clinic, allowing for real-time collaboration of doctors on specific cases when not everyone is present.
|Medical student Jarrel Seah|
The patient subsequently developed high intracranial (within the skull) pressure in the intensive care unit. This prompted another scan, and a mobile phone photo was taken of the computer screen upon which the scan was being viewed.
This photo was sent to the on-call neurosurgeon who noted signs of large amounts of swelling in the front of the brain. The patient was subsequently scheduled for emergency surgery to relieve pressure on the brain. Prior to the emergency procedure the original image was viewed by the neurosurgeon, a major discrepancy between the original scan and the photo of the scan noted, and the surgery cancelled. It was later shown that the angle at which the photo of the screen had been taken had inadvertently made the image of the patient’s brain look much darker (darkening indicates swelling in the brain, possibly due to poor blood flow).
Reference: Seah J, Nichols AD, Lewis PM, Rosenfeld JV. Pitfalls in photographing radiological images from computer screens. Med J Aust. 2016 Feb: 204;106-7.