The Department of Medical Illustration takes photographs of patients to monitor and help document various conditions.
What we do
Sometimes doctors ask for a photographic record of you so that they can monitor your condition. The photographs can also be used for teaching purposes but this will be explained and your consent gained before any photographs are taken.
A mutually convenient photographic session can be arranged by appointment or photographs can be taken when you are attending the clinic or on the ward.
Photographs can be taken of the back of your eye. These photographs help to document various conditions. Sometimes a dye called Fluorescein is injected into a vein in your arm. This highlights the blood vessels at the back of your eye. This gives the doctor further information on the condition of the back of your eye.
A scan called Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) can be done to measure the thickness of the back of your eye.
The above tests are painless, but you may need to have drops instilled so that we can take the photographs. This will be explained when you receive your appointment letter.
Key clinical staff
Helen Atkinson - Medical Photographer
Cumberland Infirmary – Monday-Thursday, 8.30am-5pm
Helen Atkinson – Tel: 01228 814714