High quality medical photography is a vital component of modern medical practice. It provides the means of documenting a medical condition or the effects of a course of treatment. Medical Photography is also a useful audit tool and offers invaluable protection against legal claims arising from perceived failures of medical or surgical intervention.
Medical Photography is widely used in any speciality where the patient’s condition is visible. Hence, our sixteen strong team of highly skilled medical photographers is routinely involved in the production of imagery for dermatology, ophthalmology, dental photography and orthodontics, plastic surgery, ENT surgery and more. Clinicians working in these areas need to see consistency and comparability over time in the documentation of their patients’ conditions. Our medical photographers draw on a wealth of knowledge gathered over fifty years. The company grew out of the first medical photography department to be established in the health service.
In keeping with current regulation in healthcare, all members of the photographic team are health and DBS checked. Furthermore, all photographers are CAMIP registered, or in training and working towards that status.
The size and flexibility of our team means that we can react rapidly and effectively to sudden or increased demand. Consequently our photographers attend a large number of both NHS Trusts and private sector institutions either as regular members of staff or to provide locum cover when a local service is compromised.
In addition to using photography to document the patient’s condition, our photographers also use the medium in a variety of diagnostic procedures, particularly in ophthalmology. Fluorescein angiography and ocular coherence tomography are extensively used in the diagnosis and management of common eye conditions. Our medical photographers & ophthalmic imagers complete thousands of these investigations a year. Several of our team are also qualified through the City and Guilds of London Institute to screen and grade the eyes of people with diabetes to the standard expected by the national diabetic eye screening programme.
Medical photography has a role in research and in pharmaceutical trials. We currently have three ophthalmic photographers accredited by international trials (e.g DARC, Cleopatra, Trend) to produce the crucial photographic documentation required to validate them, and will be training more in the near future. We are involved in a number of international trials of radiotherapy treatments (e.g. IMPORT, BIG TROG) which are planned to continue for 10 years and require a high level of standardisation and consistency.
Medical photography in Dermatology
Dermatologists consider photography to be one of the key investigations that they can order for their patients. Medical photography is used to document the progress of a skin condition. In addition, it is invaluable in the management of pigmented lesions, given the increasing incidence of skin cancer. Surveys of the entire skin surface may be produced as well as highly magnified images of individual lesions. It can also be used to enhance or reveal detail in the skin that is not easily visible to the naked eye. Dermoscopy for example reveals detail of structures within a lesion which are below the surface of the skin and hence not normally visible. Similarly, photography using ultraviolet radiation can provide extra information that might not otherwise be available to the dermatologist, particularly in pigmentary disorders.