What is a Medical Photographer?
When I tell people I’m a medical photographer I quite often get the same response, usually something along the lines of either ‘what’s one of those’ or ‘what x-rays and things?’ or even just a general confused expression. Many people don’t know we exist unless they work in healthcare or have actually been photographed in a hospital before. The role is varied, sometimes not for the squeamish and, at least I believe, very interesting.
Having worked as a Medical Photographer for over 10 years both in the NHS and for private pharmaceutical companies I’ve photographed a wide range of interesting subjects ranging from post mortems to intricate heart surgery, clinical trial subjects and also a few local celebrities. Generally no two days are ever the same.
At Illingworth Research I work as one of their Senior Medical Photographers and carry out a wide range of tasks including the set-up of photography equipment for new clinical trials, the submission of proposals to new clients, medical photography in our studio and at external sites, image monitoring or analysis, training of nurses and doctors in clinical trial photography, photography for company websites or promotional material etc. etc. etc! I also enjoy graphic design too and often have the opportunity to produce brochures, leaflets and posters relating to patient recruitment in clinical trials, marketing medical products or companies.
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Today’s goal was to finalize a mole mapping presentation due for Wednesday; the majority could be written from scratch but as the client was supplying the camera system, it’s optimum settings would need to be investigated and documented, then pictures of the system in use –along with example images- would need to be taken for the presentation.