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Clinical photography

Clinical or medical photography is a specialist profession using photography and videography to document a patient’s medical condition or medical procedures. It is used to aid diagnosis, to record the progress of a condition (such as in response to treatment or before and after surgery), for research, for publication and for teaching healthcare professionals.

Clinical photographers are part of the healthcare team and all photographs and video footage are taken with the patients’ consent and form part of their confidential medical records. Many clinical photography departments also create images used in public relations and as legal evidence, and offer specialist medical imaging such as ophthalmic photography (imaging the eye and its internal structures).

This film features David Bishop, Photography Services Manager for University College London Health Creatives, based at the Royal Free Hospital in London.