Managing digital clinical photographs.J Audiov Media Med. 2001 Dec; 24(4):166-71.JA
Digital cameras have been used for clinical photography in the Medical Illustration Department at Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust for eight years. In that time methods have evolved to take advantage of both technological advances and experiences gained in operating a routine digital photographic service. The management of a large number of digital images requires assiduous attention to all stages of production. Current techniques are described for: controlling quality and exposure in the acquisition of images with a digital camera; temporary and permanent storage, backing up and archiving procedures; and cataloguing of clinical images. Planning for network delivery, the Electronic Patient Record and the management of images in teaching collections are discussed.