ABC of Medical Computing: DIGITAL IMAGINGBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7014.1218 (Published 04 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1218
- Hylton B Meire,
- Ara Darzi,
- Nicholas Lee
Pictures have been traditionally taken with photographic film, which then has to be processed before they can be viewed. The development of digital cameras now allows pictures to be taken and printed almost immediately. In medicine this can be an important advantage, and, even though the quality of digital images is currently lower than that of photographic film, the huge advantage of immediate images often far outweighs the slight loss of resolution. Digital cameras are now available to replace the standard 35 mm camera for taking routine clinical photographs as well as for use in specialised areas of medicine.