How to Take Pictures Showing Your Skin, Range of Motion, and Mouth

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This information explains how to take pictures showing your skin, mouth, and range of motion. Your range of motion is how much you can move a part of your body. It also explains how to send these pictures to your care team using MyMSK. MyMSK is MSK’s patient portal

It’s helpful to have someone take these photos for you.

When taking the pictures:

  • Stand in front of a solid-colored background.
  • Turn your camera’s flash on.
  • Center the body part you’re taking a picture of in the frame.
  • Make sure the camera is focused. If you’re using your smartphone, tap the screen to focus it.
  • If you are using an iPhone, please turn off live photo. You will see
    when live photos are turned off.

Read Tips for Taking Pictures to Share with Your Healthcare Provider for more information.

How to Take Pictures of Your Skin

It’s OK to wear underwear in these pictures. It’s best to wear a style that covers as little skin as possible.

Face

Face looking forward

Take a photo of your face.

Front of your arms and tops of your hands

Front of arms and top of hands

Take a photo of the fronts of your arms and tops of your hands.

Back of your arms and palms of your hands

Back of arms and palms of hands

Take a photo of the backs of your arms and palms of your hands.

Front of your torso

Front of torso with underwear on

Take a photo of the front of your torso.

Back of your torso

Back of torso with underwear on

Take a photo of the back of your torso.

Front of your legs

Front of hips to feet with underwear on

Take a photo of the front of your legs from your hips to your feet.

Back of your legs

Back of hips to feet with underwear on

Take a photo of the backs of your legs from your hips to your feet.

How to Take Pictures of Your Range of Motion

It’s best to take off any clothes covering the area you’re taking a picture of. This helps your care team more clearly see your range of motion. It also lets them check your skin.

Shoulders

  1. Raise your arms above your head with your palms facing forward. Keep your elbows straight.
  2. Move your arms as close to your ears as you can.
  3. Take a photo of this position.
Person facing forward with arms raised above head

Take a picture of how high you can raise your arms.

Elbows

  1. Hold your arms out to the sides with your palms facing upward.
  2. Straighten your elbows as much as you can.
  3. Take a photo of this position. Include both arms in the photo, if you can.
Person facing forward with arms stretched out to the sides

Take a photo of how much you can straighten your elbows.

Ankle

  1. Point your foot.
  2. Flex your foot up toward your shin.
  3. Take a photo in this position.
  4. Repeat with your other foot.
Foot flexed upward towards shin

Take a photo of how much you can bend your ankle.

Wrists and fingers

  1. Place your palms together.
  2. Raise your elbows until they are parallel to the ground. Keep your palms as close together as you can.
  3. Take a photo of this position.
Palms together in front of chest

Take a photo of how much you can bend your wrists.

How to Take Pictures of the Inside of Your Mouth

Left side of your mouth

Left side of mouth

Take a photo of the left side of the inside of your mouth.

Back of your mouth

Back of mouth

Take a photo of the back of your mouth.

Right side of your mouth

Right side of mouth

Take a photo of the right side of the inside of your mouth.

Upper lip

Inside of upper lip

Take a photo of the inside of your upper lip.

Lower lip

Inside of lower lip

Take a photo of the inside of your lower lip.

How to Send Your Pictures to Your Healthcare Provider Using MyMSK

If you do not have a MyMSK account, visit my.mskcc.org, call 646-227-2593, or call your doctor’s office for an enrollment ID to sign up. For more information, watch the video How to Enroll in MyMSK: Memorial Sloan Kettering's Patient Portal.

MyMSK only allows you to send a certain number of pictures at a time. You may need to send more than one message to share them all with your healthcare provider.

Sending pictures using MyMSK on your computer

To send the pictures using MyMSK on your computer:

  1. Save your pictures to your computer. One way to do this is to use your phone to email the pictures to yourself, open the email on your computer, and save the pictures.
  2. Open your internet browser. Type in my.mskcc.org and log in to your MyMSK account.
  3. Find the Messages area on your homepage. Click “New Message.”
  4. In the Compose New Message menu, click “Ask a general question.” If your care team told you to use a different message type, choose that one instead.
  5. Click “Type or select physician’s name.” Choose your healthcare provider.
  6. Click “Subject.” Choose “Questions about my Treatment.” If your care team told you to use a different subject, choose that one instead.
  7. In the text box, write a message to your healthcare provider.
  8. Click “Add attachment(s)” under the text box. Open the folder where your picture is saved and click on your picture. Then click the “Open” button. Repeat this step for each picture.
    • MyMSK only lets you send a certain number of pictures at a time. You may need to send more than one message to share them all with your healthcare provider.
  9. When your message is ready, click the “Send” button.

Sending pictures using the MyMSK app on your smartphone or tablet

To send pictures using the MyMSK app on your smartphone or tablet:

  1. Make sure your pictures are saved on your smartphone or tablet.
  2. Tap the MyMSK app icon. Log in to your MyMSK account.
  3. Tap “Messages” at the bottom of your screen.
  4. Tap “New” in the upper right corner of your screen. Choose “General Office Communication.” If your care team told you to use a different message type, choose that one instead.
  5. Tap “To (Office of).” Choose your doctor’s name.
  6. Tap “Subject.” Choose “Questions about my treatment.” If your care team told you to use a different subject, choose that one instead.
  7. Tap the “+” icon next to “Add an Attachment.” Choose “Photo.” Tap the photos to attach to your message. Tap “Done” in the upper right corner of your screen.
    • MyMSK only lets you send a certain number of pictures at a time. You may need to send more than one message to share them all with your healthcare provider.
  8. In the text box, write a message to your healthcare provider. When your message is ready, tap the paper airplane symbol in the upper right corner of your screen.

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Last Updated

Wednesday, April 13, 2022