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Workshop programme in detail

 Friday 7th October 2011

Software master classes:

Getting the best from CS5

Mark Gatter, Academy Class

Academy Class will run five sessions, covering the following topics:

  • InDesign: Tips & tricks

  • Photoshop: Tips & tricks

  • Illustrator: Tips & tricks

  • Workflow production processes

  • Creating rich interactive documents

The assessment of burns injury with the FLIR Thermal imaging camera

Andrew Riddle & Matthew Clavey

We undertook a ‘compare and contrast’ practical study of scientific imaging modes for the assessment of patient burn injury atQueenElizabethHospital,Birminghamburns unit.  Participants were subjected to three types of scientific image modes (1) conventional clinical photography using a standard Nikon D300 DSLR camera (2) MoorLDI-2B1 laser image Doppler (LDI) (3) FLIR SC660 thermal imaging camera.  Tests carried out in a controlled, supervised, clinical environment in order for accurate and comparative results.  To determine the most cost effective, non-invasive, patient friendly method of assessing burn injury post 48 hours.  Based on test results, the FLIR SC660 thermal imaging camera could supersede LDI as a cheaper, faster and logistically more effective method of burns would assessment.

Introduction to video for Clinical Photographers

Carl Rogers & Richard Martin

This session’s main aim is to familiarize Clinical Photographers with the basics of video production practice and technology.  For many photographers, picking up a video camera (or shooting video on a DSLR) can be intimidating, frustrating or simply confounding – it’s so similar but so different to photography!  That said, being able to shoot/edit high-quality video can be a valuable addition to an individual or team’s skillset.

Over the course of this 50-minute session, we’ll cover the basics of video / audio production, including;

  • Choosing the right kit
  • Planning a shoot
  • Camera / microphone setup
  • Capturing the content
  • Editing
  • Exporting a final version
  • Archiving

This interactive session will feature an opportunity to get hands-on with video production/post-production, equipment and talk/walk through any problems or questions you might have. 

Making and using clinical and healthcare recordings for learning and teaching

Catherine Draycott

Clinical images, videos and other recordings are vital to good teaching and learning within the healthcare professions.  Increasingly, these are originated outside the institution that wishes to use them.  This raises a number of legal, ethical and other issues relating to their re-use.

The JISC commissioned a study, Common Healthcare Educational Recordings Reusability Infrastructure in 2005 to investigate good practice and define a framework and model for clearing of media to enable sharing across the healthcare professions.  This study, undertaken byEdinburghUniversity, made a number of recommendations of which the principal one was to develop a UK-wide common consent and licence model for the use and sharing of clinical recordings in education.  It also recommended that all users of such recordings be better educated and supported in their use.  A follow-up study was carried out byBristolUniversityto explore how the recommendations could be implemented in practice in the Further and Higher Education and NHS communities.  A stakeholders’ meeting was held in November 2009 with representatives from all three communities and beyond and, on 19 November 2009 the outline of the recommendations from this workshop were presented to the NHS-HE Forum where they gained unanimous support with a recommendation that Best Practice Guidance Materials be developed which could be jointly agreed by all within the UK who have an interest and stake in this area.  This recommendation was reviewed as the project was initiated and it was agreed by the Task Force set up that best practice guidance materials would be a more suitable approach.

The British Medical Recordings Task Force that was brought together to oversee the development of this work includes stakeholder representatives fromIMI, Higher and Further Education, the General Medical Council, JISC, the Department for Health, health academics and clinicians and the Wellcome Trust. 

The first of the project objectives is to ‘Encourage shared understandings between managers and practitioners across both NHS and HE settings on the rationale and good practice for the creation and use of medical images for educational purposes.  This has been approached by working together on a simple set of ethical and legal principles around the making, storing, accessing, using and sharing of healthcare recordings.

Following on from the principles a set of guidance materials has been developed around the issues of informed patient consent, copyright and licensing and obligations for ongoing storage and sharing of recordings between organisations.

This workshop will describe the progress and methodology of the project and give a preview of the guidelines that JISC will launch later in October 2011.  It will also discuss the GMC Guidelines; Making and using visual and audio recordings of patients. issued in May 2011.  During the workshop, Catherine will look for feedback on the guidelines from the attendees and will hold a discussion on attendees’ experiences working with patient permission procedures and image re-use in medical education.


You’ve ignored it, but it’s here to stay – Colour Management is a necessity that’s now easy to implement and maintain

Color Confidence: Simon Prais

Introducing ISTOV – following a successful clinical trial at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, we are please to be presenting our new ISTOV colour management procedure for medical photography. Easy to achieve and maintain, studio colour accreditation delivering verified colour accuracy through from capture to viewing in the consulting rooms.

Photographers appreciate the importance of light and colour when composing a shot, but that’s only half the picture. Many still choose to ignore the implications of light and colour in the digital world outside of the camera. There are many processes and controls, previously the responsibility of the Lab technician, which now must be embraced by the photographer.

For those who don’t have an excuse prepared for avoiding colour management, the most popular is; “does it matter, when the image could eventually be viewed under any conditions?” But this is totally missing the point. An image is instinctively taken to a window for a clearer assessment, this being because natural daylight provides a basis for optimum viewing conditions. The fact that light changes throughout the day can easily be accommodated, and a photographer should operate on the basis that their work is to be viewed under optimum conditions. The same is true of viewing a digital image on screen.

If a thermometer is not correct and indicates a patient is fine when in fact they have a high temperature, this would not be acceptable and the instrument would be recalibrated or replaced. The same applies to the temperature of light illuminating an image or in a monitor – an unknown white point presents a false image, potentially leading to an incorrect or delayed diagnosis.  However, all this can easily be overcome through applying a few logical control processes, to provide confidence and accountability throughout a standardised procedure. Capture, display and print can all match one another and the original subject matter.

How are we going to achieve all this in just a one-hour session, will we also need to work through lunch? The reality is that it will take under ten minutes to demonstrate the process of colour management in the studio, leaving plenty of time to cover the wider picture and any excuses for continued avoidance of the process!

Colour Control Denial:
– A gentle reminder of what we know, but choose to ignore

Colour Control in the Studio:
– Image capture, display (and printer) calibration and viewing conditions

Colour Control in the consulting rooms:
– Seeing your images in the best light

Confidence in the process
– Workflow verification and troubleshooting

But what if?
– Questions and answers

Corporate photography: more than just an equipment photograph

David Bishop

Photographing equipment and people on location for a corporate brochure or a medical journal can be quite challenging especially if time is limited and you are trying to produce an image that stands out!

By using a mix of different photographic techniques, composition and lighting this can be achieved in quite a short space of time.

During this interactive workshop David Bishop will discuss and demonstrate:

  • The brief
  • What equipment to use
  • The location and first impressions
  • Camera positioning
  • Subject positioning
  • Background
  • Lighting
  • Photo technique

The lighting techniques being demonstrated will include flash on and off camera, balancing available light with flash and using flash on camera in conjunction with a mini studio flash.

The images will be displayed as they are taken and there will be plenty of opportunities for open discussion during the workshop.

Small but perfectly formed 

Duncan Say


Every video programme starts with the potential to be a gold award winner.  So where do programmes fail and what can you do to achieve a higher standard?  In this workshop we will work through a number of scenarios looking at small things that can make a huge difference at all stages of production.

Generating revenue with inkjet


Fujifilm UK would like to invite you to our stand in the Trade Area, where we will be exhibiting our new range of Epson Inkjet Printers, and the new ASK 300 dye sub printer with kiosk. These printers produce high quality output using our wide range of media and boards, and with the accompanying software can provide packages and products to enhance the opportunity for your department to generate revenue.

Life’s a pitch

Jane Tovey & Derek Winkles

This workshop will start with two short presentations describing two substantial branding pitches – one for University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) and the other for the Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI). Both were winning designs by Derek Winckles but, as will be explained, branding is not all about a new logo on a letterhead.

Delegates will then work in teams and be guided through the process using a real brief, planning a timetable of tasks, developing a structured pitch and given an opportunity to present their ideas.

To conclude each groups approach will be reviewed, discussed and some reflective analysis will be encouraged of the over all process. 


Jill Bradbury

Do you find Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hard to maintain? Not sure what to record or what to do? Then this workshop will hopefully answer your questions and demonstrate that it is not time consuming or difficult. We will explain what CPD is, why it needs to be done and what sort of activities are covered.

All IMI members are required to maintain CPD records, so it is well worth attending for a refresher and to ask any questions that you may have.

This workshop will demonstrate the CPD Record pages on the new IMI web site, which have been simplified and updated. We will show how much easier it is to record activities into a diary, so that they are not forgotten and how to then pick up the activities and reflect on them at a time convenient to you. No more paper or forgetting those important dates.

Slit Lamp

Haag-Streit: Sam Laidlaw

For almost 100 years the slit lamp has been used clinically primarily as a device that allows the user to observe the transparent structures of the eye. In addition it can provide a magnified, stereoscopic view of almost the entire eye. The recording of the image observed through the slit lamp was first introduced in over forty years ago but these analogue photo-slit lamps were usually the domains of the skilled Ophthalmic Photographer. The recent digital revolution has seen a switch from conventional film to digital media and has increased the availability and affordability of imaging slit lamps. This workshop aims to assist those new to slit lamp imaging and act as a reference that may help improve the quality of the images they acquire.

Most modern slit lamps have the ability to be adapted to capture images. These images can be produced from an eyepiece-mounted camera at the entry level to a full photo-slit lamp at the opposite end of the scale. Most of the instruments are capable of producing images of acceptable quality however some configurations are more capable than others. This short workshop will concentrate on the illumination technique and some of the technical settings of the slit lamp that will enhance your clinical documentation of the eye and increase your imaging expertise. 

Privacy & confidentiality

Ian Berle

We may be able to articulate the principles set out in the Data Protection Act 1998 and be able to define confidentiality.  But this is not sufficient when considering issues of privacy, because in theUK, privacy and confidentiality are conflated.

The workshop will explore the differences between the two and equip attendees with some tools to identify each, to facilitate policy development and confidence when faced with issues of privacy and confidentiality. 

The workshop will include a question and answer session.

Adventures in Podcasting

Nicholas Geddes

An interactive session demonstrating my experience of creating podcasts for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

 We shall be looking at:

  • What is a podcast
  • Why make podcasts
  • What equipment do you need
  • Where is the podcast going to be viewed
  • Creating a shooting script
  • Tricks I have used in Final Cut Pro – Non-Linear Editing Programme
  • Putting podcasts on websites

Innovate to survive & thrive:  Being indispensable and demonstrating a benefit to our organisation

Steve Moore, Jason Candlin

With the increased pressure to reduce funding in the public sector the NHS has been tasked with making savings throughout and Medical Illustration is no stranger to this.

Medical Illustration departments compete for survival within NHS Hospitals in theUKand are under varying levels of pressure to demonstrate their contribution and value within their organisations.

After a short introduction from both presenters giving their current situation and personal experiences in this area the workshop will become interactive and the group will look at how the current NHS drivers affect them and how to be involved in making decisions about their own service.

All you need to bring is an open mind, a positive attitude and practical footwear!

A Job Management System; how could it work for you?

Wabalogic: Mark Harrison

The workshop will cover all the essentials of Job Management and will allow every attendee to have a full hands-on experience with our JMS software. You will cover everything from booking in work to reporting and invoicing.

Participants will complete a number of worksheets that have been designed to replicate a typical Medical Photography workflow. After taking the course, you will have experienced how our specifically designed job management solution will work within your own medical photography environment.

If you are a Medical Photographer and run your own daybook system, you cannot afford to miss this one-time workshop.

Ensure to register as this workshop has limited availability!

What is JMS?
Waba Job Management System (JMS) is a browser based workflow solution for Medical Illustration departments. Managing and keeping track of a department's job requests is important to maintain and deliver service levels effectively. Many departments rely on legacy systems which no longer meet the demands and technical needs of a today’s connected workplace.

JMS complements established digital capture workflows and has been designed from scratch in collaboration with medical photography and design managers.

Why do you need JMS?
Whilst there has been an increase in the use of image database solutions to manage patient and non-clinical photography within an integrated healthcare environment; most medical illustration and media departments have nothing in place or are still using legacy databases or in-house solutions to manage all the associated job information.

These systems are now having ever increasing demands put upon them by departments who are required to provide management reports as part of their role. This situation leaves many departments needing to replace their current systems with a more robust and sustainable solution that will grow to meet their ever-increasing demands.

To address this problem Waba has developed JMS, an integrated solution, which when linked with your Image Management system, will not only improve your workflow and but offer a complete solution for managing Medical Photography.

Built on industry standard technologies JMS will record all relevant job information as well as offering flexible reporting, invoicing facilities and workflow management.

The system will also be fully compatible with any integration requirements identified, such as hospital PAS datasets to enable the creation of jobs. This means that Waba JMS will be seen as key to any department's service provision.

Digital Illustration and Videography tips: making the most out of a Wacom tablet for cross media creativity

Anton Nelson - Wacom

This seminar will cover the creation of digital illustration, photography and video editing with a Wacom graphics tablet on the latest Apple and Adobe software packages. Wacom evangelist Anton Nelson will be demonstrating the benefits of a pressure sensitive pen interface and application-specific, customisable button layouts in Adobe illustrator and Photoshop, Apple Aperture and Apple Final Cut Pro.

Studio lighting for skin

Warehouse Express: Steve Aves

Sometimes, skin can be a very difficult surface to capture and using the correct accessory can make all the difference. Steve will be showing a range of specialist equipment and accessories that will greatly assist the photographer to shoot and capture skin tones. Steve will be demonstrating flash heads and key accessories designed by Bowens and Elinchrom.


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