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Medical photography

applications of Cultural Heritage photography for the scientific documentation in medicine

This project is a research thesis on medical imaging techniques, and in particular on those which use digital cameras and that are part of the discipline called “medical photography.” The purpose is to support the medical records, using the knowledge on the Cultural Heritage photography that I have acquired during the studies at ISIA Urbino. The research treats issues common to medical photography and Cultural Heritage photography, but also topics such as history of medical photography and its basic principles with particular attention to the photographic technique, analyzing the use of photography in different branches of medicine. I focused mainly on photography for pathology and dermatology, performing a work of photographic documentation at the Policlinico “Vittorio Emanuele” of Catania and applying to medical photography some techniques used in the field of diagnostics for Cultural Heritage. For the record I photographed seven surgical specimens for the pathology department and eleven different pathologies for the dermatology department.

Thesis for cultural heritage photography course – ISIA of Urbino 2015 – Supervisors: Mauro Torre, Marianna Santoni

 

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Thyroid (multinodular goiter):

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Placenta:

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Underdeveloped (18 week) brain:

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Eye:

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3D model of eye

 

The 3D models created with photogrammetry allows a great support to students for the study of the organs, furthermore with the advent of 3d printing there have been major innovations in the medical field: For example 3D models created with photogrammetry or modeling can be printed to create prostheses of missing or broken parts of the patient, for simulations of surgical operations, and in recent years various researchers have been experimenting transplanting using 3d prototypes made with specially designed biopolymers. In addition, many companies are conducting researches to replicate human tissue with 3d presses. This for example, will lead to drug testing using these prototypes instead of test animals or humans, and in the future it could lead to the creation of genuine human organs, thereby nullifying transplants listings.

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Uterus with internal leiomyoma:

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3D model of uterus

 

 

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Dermatological diseases

Alopecia areata:

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Bowen disease – Melanoma:

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Nevus – Spitz’s nevus:

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Atopic dermatitis:

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Vitiligo:

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Skin reaction to Vemurafenib:

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You can visualize all the 3D models on my sketchfab.com page.

 

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