The Surgical Photography Ladder

March 14, 2012 § 1 Comment

The pictures above and the following text are taken from the article “Aufgaben und Probleme der medizinischen Photographie” (Tasks and problems in medical photography) by Wolfgang Müller and Waldemar Wirth. The article was published in two parts in the February and April 1967 issues of Visum – Das medizinische Bildjournal (Visum – the medical visual journal). « Read the rest of this entry »

Publication: A Camera Support for Operating Theatre Videography

March 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

The paper “A Camera Support for Operating Theatre Videography”, authored by myself and professor Håvard E. Danielsen has been published in the current issue (Vol. 35, No. 1) of the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine.

This is my first journal publication, so I’m very pleased to see it in print!

The online version of the paper can be found here (requires subscription). If you do not have institutional access or a subscription and would like to read the paper, please contact me and request a copy.

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Abstract:

We describe the design, construction and evaluation of a custom-made camera support to gain better access for recording videos of open surgery.

Filming Surgery in 1957

January 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

CC-BY National Museum of Health & Medicine. Click for larger version.

The last week I have been in contact with the kind people of the Otis Historical Archives at the National Museum of Health & Medicine regarding a post I’m writing. In the process they dug up this very interesting photo from an OR in 1957. « Read the rest of this entry »

The OR Before CCTV

January 18, 2011 § 2 Comments

Click to see larger version.

From the March 1948 issue of Mechanix Illustrated:

Telescopes and mirror give many eyes a close-up view of a delicate cataract operation which heretofore could be observed by only one or two. It happened in Doctors’ Hospital, L. A.

I can’t help but think that they wrestled for the best places, and that those in front (who obviously won) must be orthopedists. Who else would have the muscle to subdue a whole gang of ophthalmologists? But then again, why are they interested in a cataract operation?

Hat tip to Modern Mechanix.

After the Curtain

September 7, 2010 § 7 Comments

Medical Photography Section , University of Oslo © All rights reserved.

This photo of an operating theatre at Rikshospitalet national hospital ca. 1900 is one of my absolute favorites from our archives. Even though the lights are out and the room empty, there’s an intense atmosphere to it. You can almost see the surgeons and the eager students. The light falling on the wall, the wet floor and the wheeled table that’s slightly out of balance with the rest of the room. Very dramatic.

Wish I had more details about it, but even the photographer is unknown.

White Scrubs Only

July 5, 2010 § 4 Comments

"Green scrubs only". Photo by Øystein Horgmo © All rights reserved.

A man was sitting on a bench outside the hospital, chatting with a friend in the warm summer sun. He was wearing green scrubs, green shoes, surgical cap and a mask around his neck.

Although it’s explicitly stated in the hospital’s infection prevention guidelines that it’s forbidden to wear green scrubs outside the operating ward, it’s a common sight in the cafeteria, outpatient clinics and hallways. Even outside in the sun. Why? « Read the rest of this entry »

An iPad in the OR

June 3, 2010 § 5 Comments

Check out this video of a surgeon at Kobe University using an iPad to view 3D and 2D CT images while operating.

The touchscreen seems to be working fine, even though it’s covered with sterile plastic film and the surgeon is using gloves.

(via Japan Probe).

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