Images in Medicine for Producers and Users

The University of Westminster in London's Regent Street was the venue of this year's Medical Group symposium. Entitled "Images in Medicine for Producers and Users", this all-day symposium brought together around 50 medical photographers and clinicians to discuss the ways in which medical photography is used in the modern NHS.

Speakers highlighted techniques, best practice and clinical interpretation of imagery across four major disciplines: ophthalmology, dermatology, maxillofacial surgery and medical education. The symposium was a great success, generating useful discussions and sharing of experience.

(All photos by Gary Evans ASIS FRPS)


Andy Golding (Head of Photography and Film, University of Westminster) welcomes the delegates with typical humour.


President of the RPS, Derek Birch ASIS HonFRPS, opens the symposium.


Kulwant Sehmi (above) and Becky MacPhee (below), both from Moorfields Eye Hospital, gave an overview of ophthalmic imaging techniques and their application to a variety of diagnostic requirements.

Gabriela De Salvo (University Hospital Southampton) discussed the clinical use of ophthalmic imaging, particularly how many modalities may be compared to aid primary diagnosis.

Photographer David Bishop (above) and consultant dermatologist Dr Edward Seaton (below), both from the Royal Free Hospital in London, debated the use of imaging in dermatology, especially the types and operation of dermatoscopes for inspection and recording of skin lesions and the use of telemedicine in remote diagnosis.

Marie Jones and John Volcano (Great Ormond Street Hospital) gave a fascinating talk on the importance of standardised views in medical photography, especially in recording patients with cleft palate.

Maxillofacial surgeon Miss Victoria Beale (Manchester Royal Infirmary) discussed the use of photography as a vital tool in planning intervention and managing outcome of surgery in complex cases.

Carly Dakin (Wellcome Trust) gave a review of early clinical photography before discussing the importance of medical illustration in teaching.

Professor Owen Epstein (Royal Free Hospital) gave a stimulating talk about the use of capsule cameras, or 'Pill-Cams' in gastro-intestinal medicine as a patient-friendly option in imaging the stomach and bowel.

Discussion panels ended each of the two sessions.

The meeting was summarised and brought to a close by the convener, Dr Afzal Ansary ASIS FRPS.