Surgical photography is one of the most challenging aspects of clinical photography. The theatre environment can be intimidating and the sterile areas of theatre place significant restrictions on the photographer. These guidelines have been created as a set of recommendations and advice on best practice, so that photography in theatre can be performed safely and to the best possible standard.
Clinical photography in theatre may be requested for patient records, teaching and for the presentation of new surgical techniques or rare findings. The photographer is often requested to take a photograph of a particular stage during the operation to document an area of interest. Occasionally the clinical photographer may be asked to photograph a whole operation from start to finish showing each stage of the operation for use as a teaching aid.