APPLICABILITY OF MOBILE PHONES FOR TELE-DERMATOLOGY - A Pilot Study

Scheibböck Christian, Dreiseitl Stephan, Binder Michael

Abstract

Examination in dermatology is primarily based on visual inspection. Since this visual information can be stored and transmitted easily through digital images, tele-consultation and tele-diagnosis are predestined methods especially in the field of dermatology. Nowadays mobile phones represent the most important communication tool around the world. To study how the process of acquiring, transmitting and diagnosing images can be implemented by using cheap and widely available devices, such as mobile phones, we conducted several experiments at the Medical University of Vienna. Material and Methods: In a study patients were asked to take one or more photos of their dermatoses with the camera of a mobile phone. Images were transmitted electronically by using the MMS function of the phones. All participants were examined routinely at the outpatient department, establishing the gold standard diagnosis. Three different phone models were evaluated with regard to colour fidelity, illumination effects, and terms of resolution. Images for tests were produced at not standardized conditions. Results: In all three phones high resolution images are compressed. Resolution was skilled down to 640x480 while sending via MMS. Colour fidelity was different depending on the manufacturer. Colour fidelity increased proportional with increasing illumination.

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in Harvard Style

Christian S., Stephan D. and Michael B. (2009). APPLICABILITY OF MOBILE PHONES FOR TELE-DERMATOLOGY - A Pilot Study . In Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2009) ISBN 978-989-8111-63-0, pages 474-477. DOI: 10.5220/0001550504740477


in Bibtex Style

@conference{healthinf09,
author={Scheibböck Christian and Dreiseitl Stephan and Binder Michael},
title={APPLICABILITY OF MOBILE PHONES FOR TELE-DERMATOLOGY - A Pilot Study},
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2009)},
year={2009},
pages={474-477},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0001550504740477},
isbn={978-989-8111-63-0},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2009)
TI - APPLICABILITY OF MOBILE PHONES FOR TELE-DERMATOLOGY - A Pilot Study
SN - 978-989-8111-63-0
AU - Christian S.
AU - Stephan D.
AU - Michael B.
PY - 2009
SP - 474
EP - 477
DO - 10.5220/0001550504740477