Medical photography

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What is Medical photography?

What are the photographs for?

Who will see the photographs?

Teaching and publications

What to expect

Where do we offer this service?

Who should you contact?

 

What is medical photography?

Medical photography is one of the earliest specialised uses of photography. Since its invention, photographs have been used in many different areas of medicine to aid treatment, document interesting cases and to educate medical practitioners. Medical photography continues to form an important part of medical treatment today.

 

What are the photographs for?

Medical photographs are primarily taken for your medical records. It is important to keep a visual record in order to monitor the progress of any condition or treatment that you have. In many cases, a photograph is taken to document the current appearance in order to monitor changes over time.  
 

Other possible reasons for photography are as follows:

  • Photographs can help to decide when treatment should be started 
  • Photographs can aid the assessment of a course of treatment and help to decide whether another course of treatment should be tried or if the current treatment is beneficial
  • Photographs can reassure you that your treatment is working and that your condition has improved. It is often hard to remember the appearance of something six months ago if you see it every day. A photographic record can help you to do this 
  • Pre and post-operative photographs provide a record of your appearance before and after surgery  
  • Photographs allow your Clinician to seek help and advice from specialists elsewhere in order to provide you with the best care possible  
  • Photographs of other patients can sometimes be used (with their permission) to show you the likely visual outcome of a particular course of treatment 
  • If you are unsure why photography is necessary in your particular case please ask your Clinician.

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Who will see the photographs?

Photographs taken for your medical records are treated with the same confidentiality that applies to any other part of your medical records. They will only be seen by staff who are directly involved in your care

 

Teaching and publications

Photographs are often required for teaching purposes. Any photographs used for teaching will only be shown to medical students and staff as part of an educational programme. The use of photographs in teaching allows for greater understanding of the appearance of various conditions and can provide essential step-by-step instructive images to demonstrate, for example, surgical procedures. If your Clinician wishes to use your photographs for teaching they will discuss this with you.   
 

Photographs are occasionally required for publication purposes. If your Clinician wishes to publish your photographs in a journal, book or electronically, they will discuss this with you prior to photography taking place.  
 

For more information please visit our Medical photography consent page.

 

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What to expect

When you come to the Department for photography you may need to wait for a few minutes in the waiting area. Once a photographer is ready you will be called into the photographic studio. The photographer will check that you have understood the consent form that you have signed and answer any questions that you may have prior to photography taking place. Depending on what photographs are required, you may be asked to remove some items of clothing or jewellery and/or makeup.  Your photographer will explain what photographs they will take and position you in front of the lights to be photographed.  

What to expect

Chaperones are available in Medical Photography. If you would like a chaperone, please ask when you arrive for your appointment.

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Where do we offer this service?

Medical Photography is located in Pinderfields Hospital, Level B, Gate 14.  

Our opening times are:
Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

 

Who should you contact?

Medical Photography (Gate 14)
The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Pinderfields Hospital
Aberford Road
Wakefield
WF1 4DG  
 

Tel: 01924 541651 / 541652

 

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