Clinical photography of skin of color for dermatologic assessment and education can be improved using natural light, indirect lighting, avoiding patterned backgrounds, and using parallel light polarization, according findings from a paper published in the British Journal of Dermatology.

In the paper, a small team of study authors from the University of California San Francisco and Stanford University School of Medicine note that the first step in taking pictures of patients for clinical assessment and education is to obtain consent. And in patients with skin of color, extra steps should be taken to capture detailed, high-quality photos that will ensure accurate assessment and diagnosis.

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