Smartphone photography utilized to measure wrist range of motion

Eric R. Wagner, Megan Conti Mica, Alexander Y. Shin

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The purpose was to determine if smartphone photography is a reliable tool in measuring wrist movement. Smartphones were used to take digital photos of both wrists in 32 normal participants (64 wrists) at extremes of wrist motion. The smartphone measurements were compared with clinical goniometry measurements. There was a very high correlation between the clinical goniometry and smartphone measurements, as the concordance coefficients were high for radial deviation, ulnar deviation, wrist extension and wrist flexion. The Pearson coefficients also demonstrated the high precision of the smartphone measurements. The Bland–Altman plots demonstrated 29–31 of 32 smartphone measurements were within the 95% confidence interval of the clinical measurements for all positions of the wrists. There was high reliability between the photography taken by the volunteer and researcher, as well as high inter-observer reliability. Smartphone digital photography is a reliable and accurate tool for measuring wrist range of motion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-192
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery: European Volume
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018


  • Smartphone
  • digital
  • motion
  • photography
  • wrist

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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