Thanks to electronic transmission and storage facilities, the possibilities of documenting endoscopic findings and operative procedures are almost unlimited. Video recorders allow the whole operation to be recorded on tape. If questions arise, the tape can be reviewed and evaluated. Various types of video printers can provide hard copies of the main pathological findings, interesting anatomical variations and specific steps in the operation. The postoperative information for the physicians involved and for the patient is both simplified and far more objective. Including this pictorial information in the operation report adds a new precision to the case history. Slides, photographs and apes support and illustrate the spoken word in a teaching situation.
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