Clinical photography

Clinical photography is the daily recording of clinical conditions presented by patients and is used for diagnosis or for recording a condition during the stages of treatment.

As a clinical photographer, you’ll be providing different types of images, such as photography, fine art and graphic design, to assist with the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

You’ll usually work in a medical illustration department as part of the healthcare team working closely with doctors, healthcare scientists, nurses and other healthcare professionals associated with the delivery of care.

You will be hospital based and usually work in a studio or within clinics, operating theatres or on wards.

Working life

You will provide essential professional and cost-effective photographic and graphic services for use in:

In small medical illustration departments, you might have a broader range of responsibilities and duties.

So in addition to clinical photography, you might:

Who will I work with?

You'll work with a range of people, depending on your precise role. These could include surgeons, nurses and other clinical staff, but you might also work with communications staff, for example.

In larger medical illustration departments, you might work alongside, and in collaboration with, graphic designers and video producers who will undertake this work.

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