I found an article on the BBC website about another medical photographer that I found quite interesting, this time the photographer, Karl Southerton, works at the Western Eye Hospital, London. He says;
“Now I only take photographs of the eye, but when I was a general medical photographer I might take pictures of any condition the doctors needed records of, such as a skin problem or a mastectomy.
We document things in situ. You can photograph again and again in the same position and have a photographic record of what the patient looks like before, during and after treatment.”
I find this quite interesting as as a matter of fact it is quite a good idea, photographing the patient before, during and after is a great way to show the journey that a patient has gone through.
This next bit he talks about is quite investing as it shows that there is a gap in the market for medical photography…
Question asked: Why did you chose this speciality?
“I went to college and did an HND in commercial photography, fashion and advertising and then went to do a course in art and design, with more emphasis on audio/visual.
I did a few jobs including work with the local newspaper and a few photographers.
But there were no jobs out there because of the recession, so I looked to see what jobs were available and kept seeing medical photography and wondered what it was all about.
I made several shortlists for jobs but didn’t get them because I didn’t have the experience.
But then I offered to do two weeks work experience at Moorfields Eye Hospital, someone was leaving and I got the job.”
He explains how medical photography now is a foundation degree which gives students a background of what they are actually doing.
“Now there is foundation degree course to take medical photographs which gives students a background in what they are actually taking photos of.
This is important, because there is no use saying ‘take a picture of the optic disc,’ if you don’t know what the optic disc is.
The imagery is also becoming far more detailed, and is playing an ever more key role in helping medical staff make a diagnosis, or assess how a treatment is progressing.”
As I have been talking about medical advances this article shows both medical and photography advances as they both are helping each other to work together for diagnosis etc, which is quite inspirational.