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2014 New Voices

Saturday 4th October

The popular New Voices session, named in memory of Julie Dorrington, gives first-time presenters the opportunity to give a short ten-minute presentation on a topic of their choice. This session is always well attended, as we hear from some of the brightest new voices in our profession. The winner of the best overall presentation, as voted by the delegates, will receive the Julie Dorrington Membership Award, comprising a certificate and a prize of a year's free membership.

This year's New Voices presentations include:

A Historical Look At Medical Illustration - Anni Skilton

 After rediscovering a collection of forgotten Victorian medical photography in the Bristol Royal Infirmary, and feeling much the same as Indiana Jones, I digitised this historical collection and embarked on personal research project to discover more about the intriguing past of Medical Illustration.
As with any good story, I intend to start at the beginning, by exploring early medical illustrations depicted in the ancient tombs of Egypt, dating back 2000BC. I will briefly discuss the progression of medical illustration throughout the Middle Ages from various corners of the world. From the work of Galen to Da Vinci the talk will demonstrate the progression of medical illustration as a profession, aiding medical research.
During the 19th Century it was common practice for medical research to be illustrated and the demand for a skill beyond any individual artist, encouraged researchers to experiment with early photographic processes. The talk will end with a look at early medical photography, with examples of Victorian Medical photography from the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and the Bristol Royal Infirmary. I will explore the similarities and some of the major differences between the work of today’s medical photographers and those of a hundred years ago.
I hope this talk will be an inspiring insight into our profession, with fantastic examples of early medical photography from Bristol. I hope that an exhibition of a selection of the BRI’s Victorian photographs will be on display at the IMI conference alongside this talk. Allowing us to gain a greater understanding of the practices of Victorian medical photographers as well as illustrating the common diseases of society 100 years ago.

Trained in 2010 at Llantrisant Royal Glamorgan Hospital with an honorary contract with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. Graduated from the Medical Illustration PGC in 2012 and I have been working in the BRI for the past 3 years now.



Studio-quality photography without a studio - Arezoo Alford

 All areas of the NHS are under continued pressure to make cost savings but at the same time striving to maintain quality—to provide better services for less money—we need more innovative and cost-effective solutions and medical illustration is no exception. With no specific funding and a little ingenuity, we were able to upgrade our External Ophthalmic photography services from a simple compact camera to almost studio-quality. The solution described can be applied to many other types of Clinical Photography where, due to budget or space constraints, a fully equipped studio is not an option.

I discovered a passion for Clinical Photography during my university years, while studying for a BA (hons) Photography. After a series of work experience placements in Merseyside hospitals, I became a part-time Ophthalmic Photographer during my final year. I have been a Medical Photographer at Norwich & Norfolk University Hospital Trust since graduating in May 2010. I changed role from a mostly Ophthalmic position to a more challenging Clinical Photography position within the same Trust in 2012. The following year, with the help of an IMI scholarship, I completed my PGCert in Clinical Photography with a Distinction and the top overall mark of my peer group, and became a fully registered member of the IMI. 



Creating a TMD patient information resource for the iPad - Miriam Waite

The TMJ is a very complicated structure for dentists to explain to their patients with TMDs. Currently patients are given static, 2D cross-sections of the joint and it is my thought that it would be much more effective to show 3D animations of the displaced disc’s movements. I am developing a patient information resource and shall be asking TMD patients for their opinions on its relative effectiveness.

After painting my way through an archaeology and latin degree, I discovered the existence of a career that combined the rigour and purposefulness of science that I searched for in my undergraduate degree, with the creativity of art. If only there were a job that involved these two elements AND unicycling, it would be my true calling.



Imaging the anterior segment of the eye - Maytyra Tirén

This presentation will give an overview of the different imaging modalities that can be used to photograph the anterior segment of the eye. Case presentations will be used to demonstrate the strengths and limitations of a selection of imaging modalities when photographing ophthalmic related conditions, such as pterygium.
This work stems from an assignment, which was submitted as part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Illustration at Cardiff University.

Maytyra Tirén works as a clinical photographer at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne. The work she undertakes includes ophthalmic, plastic surgery and dermatology. Maytyra started her clinical photography career two years ago as a trainee photographer and has recently successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Illustration at Cardiff University. 



How to maximise your studio space - Simon Brinkworth

In 2013, our Medical Illustration department at the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) was asked to research options for a full refurbishment of the dermatology photography studio.
From the perspective of the dermatology consultants, the prime reason for refurbishing the studio was improving patient experience.  The room used to be a patient consultation room which had been turned into a photography studio with no real investment.
As an ambitious medical illustration department, we were keen to refurbish the studio in order to improve the quality and consistency of our clinical images.  We were using a speed light against a grey background and therefore obtaining adequate results. These results were not to the same standard as those obtained from our other fully-kitted studio.
As the studio space is only 2m x 4m, we knew this tight space would affect our proposals and compromises would need to be made.  
A year later, according to Lyons photography, we now have one of the smallest high glide photography systems in the country at the BRI.
This presentation will outline our department’s journey from the start to finish of this interesting project.

In 2009, I graduated from the University of Wales, Newport with a BA (Hons) in Photographic Art.  That same year, I became a trainee medical photographer at the University of Wales Hospital, Cardiff and worked there for 2 years whilst studying for a PGC in Medical Illustration.
 Since leaving Cardiff in 2011, I have been working in the Bristol Royal Infirmary medical illustration department as a clinical photographer.



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