How to Take Pictures of Your Scalp for Your Healthcare Provider

This information will help you take pictures of your scalp to show your healthcare provider.

Sending clear pictures will help your healthcare provider see how you’re healing or if there are any problems with the area. You may need to have someone help you take these pictures.

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Take Pictures from 5 Different Views

Take your pictures from 5 different views to help your healthcare provider see and understand the size of the area. Follow the guidelines in this section to take your pictures.

Picture 1

Hold the camera, or have someone hold the camera, about 2 feet (0.61 meters) away from your face. Look directly at the camera. Your healthcare provider should be able to see your whole face in the picture (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Picture of your face

Figure 1. Picture of your face

Picture 2

Turn your head down so you’re looking at the floor. Hold the camera, or have someone hold the camera, so it’s facing the top of your scalp. Your healthcare provider should be able to see the whole top of your scalp in the picture (Figure 2).

Figure 2. Picture of the top of your scalp

Figure 2. Picture of the top of your scalp

Picture 3

Turn your head to the left. Hold the camera, or have someone hold the camera, about 2 feet away from your head. Your healthcare provider should be able to see the whole left side of your scalp in the picture (Figure 3).

Figure 3. Picture of your left side

Figure 3. Picture of your left side

Picture 4

Turn your head to the right. Hold the camera, or have someone hold the camera, about 2 feet away from your head. Your healthcare provider should be able to see the whole right side of your scalp in the picture (Figure 4).

Figure 4. Picture of your right side

Figure 4. Picture of your right side

Picture 5

If you don’t have someone helping you, you may need to set up a tripod or camera stand for this picture. You will also need to put your camera on a self-timer

Have someone stand behind you or stand in front of your tripod or camera stand with your back facing the camera. Turn your head up so you’re looking at the ceiling and take a picture of the back of your scalp. Your healthcare provider should be able to see the top and back of your scalp in the picture (Figure 5).

Figure 5. Picture of the top of your scalp

Figure 5. Picture of the top of your scalp

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Send Your Pictures Using MyMSK

You can send your pictures to your healthcare provider using MyMSK (MSK’s patient portal). To do this, follow the steps in this section.

  1. Save your pictures to your computer. One way to do this is to email the pictures to yourself, open the email, and save the pictures.
  2. Log onto your MyMSK account.
  3. From your homepage, click on “Messages.” Then click on “Compose New Message.”
  4. From the Compose New Message page, click on “General Office Communication.”
  5. Type in the name of your healthcare provider and choose a subject.
  6. In the text box, write a message to your healthcare provider.
  7. To attach your pictures, click on “Add attachments” underneath 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 of your pictures.
  8. When your message is ready, click the “Send” button.
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Tips for Taking Pictures

The tips in this section will help you take better pictures to share with your healthcare provider.

Set up the background

  • Find a place to take the picture where there will be no clutter in the background.
  • A solid-color background will help your camera focus so your pictures are clear.
    • If you don’t have solid-color background, you can hang up a solid-color bed sheet or cloth and stand in front of it.

Plan the lighting

  • Set up the tripod or camera stand, if you’re using one.
  • Turn on the flash on your camera. The flash will give you the light you need.
  • Make sure light is shining directly on the area you’re taking a picture of. If something is in the way of the light, it can cause shadows in the picture.
  • Make sure that you, or the person helping you, can hold the camera so that it doesn’t cast a shadow on the area you’re taking a picture of.

Take the picture

  • Hold the camera flat and pointed directly at the area you’re taking a picture of.
  • Hold the camera still while taking the picture.
  • If you’re using your phone, look at the area you’re taking a picture of on the screen. Tap the screen to make your camera focus.
  • When you’re ready, take the pictures. Remember to take all the views your healthcare provider asked for.
  • Check each picture to make sure they’re clear. If any of your pictures look blurry or don’t show the right area, take that picture again. Don’t try to edit the picture.
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