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2012 Workshops

Friday 14th September

Workshops will run in the morning and afternoon sessions on the first day of conference, alongside the Trade and Professional Exhibition. Those confirmed so far are:

Cartooning – techniques for the beginner, the experienced and the insecure

Mark Mechan

Mark will begin with a brief conversation about the purpose of cartoons in patient information, deciding when and if they are appropriate, and what approach would best suit the end-product. Examples of good and bad illustration will be discussed. Mark will then demonstrate some freehand drawing, responding to a typical patient information brief, and will talk about some dos and don'ts of cartooning while attempting to boost the confidence of those who feel they “can only draw stick men – badly”.
Next, Mark's own drawing will be scanned and coloured digitally using Adobe Photoshop, and finally incorporated into a pre-prepared leaflet in Adobe InDesign. Attendees will be asked to bring along a digital file (JPEG, PSD, TIFF etc.) of a non-coloured illustration – preferably one they have drawn themselves, or one that they have sourced from elsewhere – which they will colour digitally under guidance. Mark will be on hand to give advice when and if needed. Tips and techniques that can improve quality and bring out the best in colour illustration will be given, with some disussion around the limitations of black & white reproduction on a low budget.

(Mark Mechan worked as Medical Graphic Artist at The Western Infirmary, Glasgow, for five years, and specialised in cartooning for patient/staff information. He left the profession in 1999 and is now Graphic Designer for Waverley Books, a Scottish publisher. My responsibilities comprise design for covers and text, illustration, photography and typography.)

The Imaginative Figure – Life Drawing

Rosemary Beaton

Working directly from a life model, participants will be drawing in charcoal and pastels (on white or coloured paper). During the 90 minute session we will work on blind drawing techniques and drawing forms of movement in quick succession. Towards the end of the class, we will focus on facial features and finish with a detailed drawing of the nude.

(Rosemary lives and works in Glasgow, having studied at the Glasgow School of Art. She was the first Scot and the youngest person to win the JP National Portrait Competition in 1984. She teaches painting at Glasgow School of Art, has exhibited widely and received many awards. Her work, ‘quirky, colourful and fearless’, is in major public and private collections.)

HDSLR – Movie Mode Basics and Editing Workflow

George Cozmenco

In 2008 the Canon EOS 5D mkII opened a whole new range of possibilities by including a 1080p/24fps movie function on a full frame stills camera. Since then, both Canon and Nikon HDSLR cameras have been used for journalism, advertising, short films and TV series. Convergence of stills and motion pictures provided us with devices that simplify workflow and speed up delivery of what we now call multi-media content. As a result photo and video departments in clinical outfits have merged, freelance photographers became documentary makers and forensic imagery started to be less complicated. Our workshop targets seasoned users as well as beginners that want to have some insight into a fast workflow, an understanding of support/lighting/audio accessories and explore new ways of content delivery.

(George Cozmenco has over ten years of experience in the broadcasting industry. He is currently working with Calumet Photographic selling professional video solutions to those working within the NHS, the police forces, the MOD, and education.)

Optical Coherence Tomography OCT 1 – Practical Workshop

Christopher Mody, Kenny Boyle & Nick Timms

A basic level, practical workshop where delegates are expected to have between 0-6 months experience of OCT imaging. This basic level workshop aims to provide delegates with a structured methodology for OCT imaging of the ocular fundus.
Learning outcomes:

  • Understand how to achieve correct alignment of the OCT scanner
  • Identify retinal land marks and key OCT scan features
  • Line scanning: resolution, position and manipulation of scans
  • Recognise the position of the anatomic fovea and how to scan
  • Volume scans: how to set optimum resolution, density and area and how adjust for maximum diagnostic potential
  • How to assess segmentation of the image and how to correct for error
  • Choroidal and multimodal imaging: how to acquire deep scans and combine with other imaging modes.

Optical Coherence Tomography OCT 2 – Theory Workshop

Christopher Mody, Kenny Boyle & Nick Timms

An intermediate level, theory workshop were delegates are expected to have between 1-2 years experience of OCT imaging. This intermediate level workshop aims to provide delegates with a structured approach to interpreting OCT/fundus images.
Learning outcomes:

  • Recognise clinico/pathological correlation of the OCT image
  • Identify retinal land marks and OCT features of the normal eye
  • Identify key pathological features associated with:
  • Age related macula degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Retinovascular disease
  • Apply interpretation techniques to form valued judgements in OCT scanning.

(Christopher Mody is the Clinical Programme Manager for Heidelberg Engineering, with 30 years experience in ophthalmic imaging. He has developed undergraduate and post graduate programmes in Ophthalmic and Vision Science, and was a curriculum advisor for Modernising Scientific Careers.)

On Location – Portrait and Group Photography

David C Bishop

The hospital communications team calls you to come and take a group photo in the boardroom of the Chief Executive and some visiting VIP’s, you’re needed in 5 minutes and you wont have long when you’re there…

Group photography can be a challenge at the best of times, so when you’re under pressure you want to make sure you get it right, especially when you're faced by group of people in a rush. By selecting the right equipment, using different lighting techniques and taking control you can get your quick photograph with a minimum of fuss.

During this interactive workshop David Bishop will discuss and demonstrate:

• What equipment to use.
• What to look for when first introduced to the location.
• How to position you’re subjects.
• Photo techniques.
• Lighting techniques.

The lighting techniques being demonstrated will include single Speedlight, two Speedlights, balancing available light with flash and using a Speedlight in conjunction with a mini studio flash (for when you have a few seconds more). The images will be displayed as they are taken and there will be plenty of opportunities for open discussion during the workshop.

(David Bishop was previously employed by the Ministry of Defence and spent many years ‘on the road’ as a PR/corporate photographer working in the in the UK and abroad. He subsequently joined the Medical Illustration department at the UCL Medical School (Royal Free Campus) in 2002 where he is now the photography supervisor.)

The Eykona Wound Measurement System

Dr Peter Bannister, Andrew Smith

Eykona, a spin-out company from the University of Oxford, have developed a novel and unique way of using photography to carry out measurements of wounds, scars, burns and moles. The Eykona Wound Measurement System (WMS) offers an effective, accurate, efficient and simple method of measuring wound volume, a known strong indicator of healing and change. This workshop will explain the science behind the WMS, which ensures that images taken give a consistent calibrated colour and clarity of image for the tracking of healing over time. The WMS allows photographers and clinicians to take this measurement in a repeatable way, and then use the data collected to measure wound healing outcomes effectively, and to audit practice in a secure way. Delegates will have the opportunity for hands-on interaction with the camera system and software.

Multimedia Presentations in Criminal Proceedings

Craig Dewar, Andy Mason

The SPSA Forensic Multimedia Unit was formed specifically to embrace technology and provide a variety of digital media techniques to support the presentation methods of criminal casework. They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words and with this technology it really is. Through a variety of quality digital media including interactive presentations and 3D reconstruction, the SPSA Forensic Multimedia Unit can present complex evidence types in a way that is clear, concise and easily understood. We can instantly transport detectives, lawyers, jurors and judges back to a crime scene, taking them on an interactive tour of the criminal investigation without a single person leaving their seat.  

Forensic animation and 3D reconstruction can be used to aid a jury in visualising hard to explain situations.  It paints a picture based on forensic evidence and can be used to illustrate a number of incidents and examples, from anatomically correct 3D body mapping of injuries and vehicle crash reconstructions to reconstruction of a crime scene and suspects movements.

This workshop will demonstrate the software used to create presentations for court, and show how photography, graphics and video are combined to help create the final product.

(Craig Dewar is the Scene Examination Operations Manager within Forensic Services of the Scottish Police Services Authority, with responsibility for South East Scotland. He has worked in Policing environments for 35 years with a particular emphasis in the examination, recording and management of crime scenes at all levels.)

Day-to-Day Application of 3D Photography in the NHS

Jill Fell, Kelly Duncan

This workshop will comprise of three sections, aimed to inform delegates of the science of 3D technology, and its apllications within the healthcare environment. The session will begin with an introduction to 3D photography, and an overview of the range of medical conditions that can benefit from the use of this technology. This will be followed by a ‘hands on’ demonstration of a 2 POD 3dMD system. Next, the 3dMD measurement software, Voltus, will be demonstrated, in addition to showing how 3dMD images can be integrated into WabaLogic Medical Image Manager.

This interactive session will focus on how high-precision 3D photography (also known as 3D surface imaging) is adding real value to clinical and research initiatives in hospitals world-wide. In addition to showing how anatomically-sound 3D photographs are contributing to condition assessment, treatment monitoring, surgical planning, and outcomes evaluation at various hospitals, this session will also cover thoughts and ideas on how to package 3D photography services for the various clinical specialties within the hospital.

(Jill Fell has been a clinical photographer for 30 years and has run the small clinical photography and illustration department within East Kent for 21 years. She updated her professional qualification back in 2007 by completing the BSc and sat on IMI council between 2008-2011. Currently, she is involved with IMI standards & QAS, is part of the Marketing team, as well as being the regional rep coordinator. Since 2010 her department has been using 3d Photography and she envisages 3D photography to be the future for clinical photographers. 

As Co-Founder and Director of 3dMD, Kelly Duncan has 20 plus years of experience in the adoption of innovative technologies to improve efficiencies and achieve results. For the past 12 years at 3dMD, she has worked closely with thought-leading clinical and research teams around the world who routinely apply 3D clinical photography to improve patient care.)


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