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Course Spotlight: Pearls, Tips, & Tactics

Posted By Tim Bennett, CRA, OCT-C, FOPS, Thursday, August 22, 2013
Updated: Sunday, August 11, 2013

The OPS is offering a new course at the 2013 annual meeting in New Orleans called Pearls, Tips & Tactics. It will be held on Sunday, November 17 in LaSalle Ballroom C of the Intercontinental New Orleans Hotel. This new short paper symposium will be comprised of practical & technical topics - kind of an ophthalmic imaging "show-n-tell". The concept is to present a series of short tips and strategies for maximizing diagnostic information in a variety of imaging modalities including fluorescein angiography, fundus photography and OCT. Audience participation is encouraged and attendees may bring images or short topics for presentation and discussion by the entire group. I've been asked to moderate the session and recruit speakers and topics.

I've done a similar program at a local ophthalmic photography meeting and it's been very popular and successful. We've had a great variety of practical tips, cool images, solutions to challenging imaging scenarios, etc. The session also provides a way for novice speakers to learn how to organize a talk & present in a welcoming environment. We've had several first time speakers present in the past. They've not only done great, but several have moved on to present at larger meetings!

Here are some examples of topics that have been presented at our small meeting in the past:

  • OCT Montage
  • Flatbed Scanner as a Small Object Camera
  • Importance of the Fast Macular Scan
  • Photomontage Shooting Strategies
  • Winning Images (how to shoot & present images for exhibit or publication)
  • Ocular Trauma
  • Tips for Working with Children
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Transferring Large Image Files
  • HDR Imaging
  • You Want Me to Photograph That? (tips for positioning difficult patient at instruments)
  • Copyright & the Ophthalmic Imager
  • Cirrus Tips (great talk by Gary Miller about keyboard shortcuts, etc.)
  • History of FA (later presented at OPS Scientific Session)
  • Anterior Segment Imaging with Retinal Instruments (later presented at the recent ASCRS symposium)
  • Eyes Gone Wild! (a short series of unusual cases)

Some of these were simply collections of classic diagnostic examples or great images (Diabetic Retinopathy, Trauma, etc), a way for someone to show off some cool images with a consistent theme. We had one presenter who owns a jewelry business and she presented a photo essay comparing ophthalmic clinical findings with different gems. Yep, she literally presented some real pearls! Bottom line is that the session is open for any topic of interest to the ophthalmic photographer.

Would you like to participate as a presenter? If you have any short topic ideas you'd like to share, feel free to contact me and I'll put you on the list. If you think you'd like to present but don't have a topic idea, again contact me & we can brainstorm some ideas. Here are some recent samples to get you started:

Gary Miller, CRA, OCT-C illustrates an improvement in line scan detail by switching to grayscale mode from his "Cirrus OCT Tips" talk.

A tip for patient positioning to photograph the superior periphery from the talk "Photomontage Shooting Stategies & Techniques" by Michael Bono, CRA, COT.

Creative illumination technique for photographing instruments from the presentation, "Using a Flatbed Scanner as a Small Object Camera" by Tim Bennett, CRA, OCT-C, FOPS.

Lissamine green stained conjunctival lesion shown in separate RGB channels to enhance or diminish visibility of dye from the presentation, "Anterior Segment Imaging with Retinal Instruments" by Tim Bennett, CRA, OCT-C, FOPS.

Jim Strong, CRA, OCT-C demonstrates High Dynamic Range (HDR) image processing techniques applied to a fluorescein angiogram image from his talk "HDR Photography".

Strategic focusing can alter the tonal rendition of Spectralis cSLO images as shown in this eye with band keratopathy excerpted from "Anterior Segment Imaging with Retinal Instruments" by Tim Bennett, CRA, OCT-C, FOPS.


Timothy J. Bennett, FOPS, CRA, OCT-C

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Michael P. Kelly, FOPS says...
Posted Friday, August 30, 2013
This will be an OUTSTANDING! course. Cant wait.
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Timothy J. Bennett CRA OCT-C says...
Posted Friday, August 30, 2013
Thanks Mike! You know what I have to ask now:.... Wanna present?
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Michael P. Kelly, FOPS says...
Posted Saturday, August 31, 2013
I'd love to. Let me see what I can come up with.
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