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Smartphone Photographs to Document Preoperative Dental Examination

Stone, Alexander B. MD; Aglio, Linda S. MD, MS

doi: 10.1213/XAA.0000000000001011

Dental injury is a common cause of malpractice claims involving anesthesiologists. Inadequate preoperative dental evaluations and incomplete documentation are often cited as contributing factors during reviews of closed claims. Point-of-care smartphone photographs are widely used in other medical fields such as dermatology and plastic surgery. We discuss the use of smartphone photographs for documenting preoperative dental examinations.

From the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Accepted for publication February 26, 2019.

Funding: None.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Address correspondence to Alexander B. Stone, MD, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 75 Francis St, Boston, MA 02115. Address e-mail to

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