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Abdomen, Anterior (1:15 Vertical)

Patient position: The patient stands upright with the arms relaxed at the side..

Background: A uniform background is desired. A black, blue, or gray color is ideal; however, white is acceptable.

Film: ASA 100 or 200 Ektachrome.

Exposure setting: Aperture priority mode with an aperture setting of f11 or smaller (f16 or f22).

Reproduction ratio: 1:15.

Camera position: The camera is held in the vertical format on a plane parallel to the abdomen.

Flash position: The flash is held off-camera along the top of the barrel of the lens directed at the abdomen.

Plane of focus: At the level of the abdomen or pathology. The center of the frame is just above the umbilicus.

Tips: A precise reproduction ratio of 1:15 is less critical when shooting the abdomen. Using the nipples as the superior margin and the pubic symphysis as the inferior margin defines the abdomen. With the camera held of a plane parallel to the anterior abdomen, a 1:15 reproduction ratio is difficult to obtain when the patient is supine on the gurney. Have the patient stand whenever possible to photograph the abdomen.

Common mistakes: Leaving the flash in the hot shoe does not evenly illuminate the abdomen. Remove distractions such as clothing, patient gown, and jewelry from the field of view unless they are part of the pathology or injury. 

 

 

Abdomen, Lateral (1:15 Vertical)

Patient position: The patient stands upright with the arms overhead.

Background: A uniform background is desired. A black, blue, or gray color is ideal; however, white is acceptable.

Film: ASA 100 or 200 Ektachrome.

Exposure setting: Aperture priority mode with an aperture setting of f11 or smaller (f16 or f22).

Reproduction ratio: 1:15.

Camera position: The camera is held in the vertical format on a plane parallel to the lateral abdomen.

Flash position: The flash is held off-camera along the top of the barrel of the lens directed at the lateral abdomen.

Plane of focus: At the level of the abdomen or pathology. 

Tips: A precise reproduction ratio of 1:15 is less critical when shooting the abdomen. Using the nipples as the superior margin and the pubic symphysis as the inferior margin defines the abdomen. With the camera held of a plane parallel to the anterior abdomen, a 1:15 reproduction ratio is difficult to obtain when the patient is supine on the gurney. Have the patient stand whenever possible to photograph the abdomen.

Common mistakes: Leaving the flash in the hot shoe does not evenly illuminate the abdomen. Remove distractions such as clothing, patient gown, and jewelry from the field of view unless they are part of the pathology or injury.