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Image Quality – Medical Photography

Getting the Optimum Image Quality

Clinical imaging can be completed by most clinicians on completion of some basic training, with Illingworth providing the training and tools to achieve an accurate image every time. Analysing these images offer a visual representation of trial changes.

Successful training of clinical sites is paramount, we employ the optimum methodology for each study, whether via the investigator meeting, webinar, video, interactive eDC and/or on-site. Client approved imaging protocols, whether simplistic visual user guides or formal procedures are designed to meet both the study requirements and target user ability.

Following training, each site photographer transfers test images for evaluation and feedback, then repeats as required, before they are permitted to capture study data. Image quality control is strictly governed by the imaging protocol and documented within 24 hours of upload, via image feedback to site users. Image feedback clearly identifies those images which pass or fail QC, explains the reasons why and actively encourages greater consistency through constructive support.

The combination of prompt image feedback and pro-active explanations minimises the necessity for re-training. If required, however, early face to face (web–based) intervention proves most effective in identifying and correcting the root cause.

Image Quality Control

Images from site are submitted to Illingworth's secure system and will be quality checked by one of our Medical Photographers. They will either approve the image and it will be filed accordingly. Where an image is not appropriate the site will be advised of this and retake the image within an agreed time frame. This is a rare occurrence as sites receive training prior to study start and imaging equipment submitted to site is specially calibrated and locked-down so user settings can not be altered.