A study published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health found that smartphone photos taken of X-ray images can be just as effective as the standard films.
While the study does not give reasons for this, we speculate that the following factors are at play:
We would not advocate doing away with the transmission of full resolution X-rays. However, the study above suggests there is a time an a place where taking a photo of an X-ray can deliver the same information but do so more efficiently. Common sense should always prevail, and medical decisions should not be made based on a photo if it is unclear.