Clinical photography

Medical photography - clinical photography image
Medical Photography provides a visual support for many disciplines within the hospital. Clinical images are mainly used for management of a patientís condition but may also be used for teaching medical staff or for publication. You will be asked to sign a Clinical Photography request form before any photographs are taken. Having signed and given your consent for photography you can still withdraw permission at any time.

Medical photographs taken in our studio are highly standardised in order to provide an accurate comparison over a period of time. Using such techniques, a lesion that changes in size or colour can be easily identified.

The medical photographer is employed within the ophthalmic department to carry out diagnostic tests such as fluorescein angiography and ocular coherence tomography. These enable the ophthalmologist to determine the best treatment for conditions such as diabetic maculopathy and wet age-related macula degeneration (ARMD).

All clinical images are securely stored in accordance with the data protection act.


Your consultant will let you know if he wants photographs taken and will complete a clinical photography request form. Please contact the department and an appointment will be arranged for you. On the day you will need to bring your clinical photography request form with you to clinic 1B. You are advised that a medical photograph should not contain the following:
  • Clothing
  • Jewellery
  • Make-up
It is also helpful if patients provide hairpins and hairbands to tie back their hair.

Female patients should be aware that there is no female photographer available. If you feel that you will require someone with you, please either bring a companion or contact the department to see if we can provide a chaperone.  Every endeavour will be made to accommodate the needs of patients, however we cannot always guarantee provision of a chaperone.

Publication of clinical images

Occasionally doctors may want to publish your images to increase knowledge and understanding of your condition. If your doctor wants to publish your images he must obtain your written consent to do so. You should be aware that once your images have been published it is no longer possible to withdraw consent.
Last updated26 Nov 2014
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