a. Actual surgical procedures to illustrate each step of the operation.
b. "Before" and "after" pictures are made whenever a case is
distinctive enough to merit study, and show the effect or success of the
c. A progress record is a series of pictures taken during long term
treatment of a condition.
If the changes in the patient's condition is
expected to be slow, pictures can provide a record of change not easily
noted in day to day observations.
d. Gross specimen photography is the photography of human tissue and
organ samples removed in part or whole during surgery or an autopsy. These
pictures are useful in teaching, illustration, exhibition, or to aid further
study in the cause and progress of disease.
Your photographs are an
efficient way to record size; shape, and structure.
When photographed in
color, they are valuable in recording the appearance of freshly dissected
specimens, and the changes caused by disease.
e. Battered/abused people is the documentation of abuse to either
spouse or children, or other people who have been physically beaten. Your
photographs may be used to press criminal charges in court. There is one
added dimension: of all the clinical cases you may cover, child abuse or
neglect may be the most emotionally challenging.
a. Importance of Keeping Records.
If you are involved in producing
photographs for "before" and "after" pictures or progress records, there
will obviously be a passage of time between the beginning and end of the
assignment. That passage of time may be days, weeks, even months.
(1) You may get involved after another photographer has started the
project or have to pass it to someone to finish.
(2) Because of this possibility, it is necessary that you record
every shot made and include technical details of the equipment used, film,
lighting, etc., to enable someone else to pick up the job and continue on
maintaining and matching the quality of the pictures.
b. Personal Protection. While involved in gross specimen photography,
you should keep your hands clean and allow the medical personnel to set up
the subject or subjects.