Continuing Education

Medical Photograhpy: Historical Development and Basic Concepts


  • Sertaç Ata Güler
  • Tamer Akça

Turk J Dermatol 2017; 11 (3): 98-108 (Accepted Date: 29.12.2016) (Received Date: 26.12.2016)

In general medical visual documentation, narrowly medical photography, is a method frequently used in almost every branch of health care especially for education, archiving, judicial, and scientific publications. Until the development of digital technology, medical photography, which is carried out professionally through analogue (filmed) photographic machines and hospital photographers, became individualized and relatively acquired by amateur photographers with the development of digital technology and all healthcare professionals, especially physicians, acquiring their digital photographic machines and have been taken over by relatively amateur hands, along with a significant increase in the number of medical visual recordings as health professionals begin to attract professional photographs themselves, it has caused the quality of acquired images to decrease. The reason for bad images; is the premise that health professionals do not have basic photo information and preliminary judgement that quality pictures can be taken with a mobile phone which is almost automatic in all settings. For this reason, bringing the concept of medical photography to the forefont, it has become imperative to obtain medical images suitable for high quality and ethical rules in combination with digital cameras and developing technology. In this article; basic photography, medical and ethical sensitivities required for better quality and effective medical photography taking.

Keywords: Medical photography, hospital photographer, ethical issues, basics of photography, photography approval, digital technology

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