Figure 1 is an app that has been dubbed the "Instagram for doctors," as it allows physicians to communicate in a new way in the digital age.
While protecting patient confidentiality by obscuring names and tattoos, doctors share images of diseases, injuries, and other maladies onto the app. Other doctors can then comment on the pictures, sharing their own experience in treating similar conditions, asking questions, or expressing amazement in what they're seeing. It's great for medical professionals at all stages in their career to connect
The app, which was the brainchild of Dr. Josh Landy, launched in 2013 and has hundreds of thousands of active users in 100 countries. Though it is intended for medical professionals, the app is free and anyone can sign up. However, it's against the rules to get medical advice for yourself on it. Once you see the images, you'll understand why it's best to go see your doctor in person as soon as you have a concern.
Just as a heads up, you probably don't want to be eating as you click through the images.
1. Severely enlarged tongue
2. Darkened fingernails
3. Extracranial meningiomas
4. Thrombocytopenia did a number on these legs.
5. The coloration on these fingers is extremely problematic.
6. Lungs belong inside the body.
7. Unusually large bladder stone
8. Colorectal cancer
9. Thyroglossal Duct Cyst
10. Perforated bowel
11. Femur with Ewings Sarcoma
13. Proteus syndrome
14. Vein graft
15. Rapid progression of metastatic melanoma
16. Annular lesions due to cutaneous lupus.
17. Severe varicose veins
18. Lichtenberg figure sustained from lightning strike
[H/T: NY Magazine]
[All images via Figure 1]
[Author's note: This article originally featured different images. The images were changed at the request of Figure 1 to the ones that are now in place. Apologies for any confusion this may have caused.]