Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1177/0306312710389226
Title: Face value': New medical imaging software in commercial view
Authors: Coopmans, C. 
Keywords: commercial relations
ethnography
face value
imaging
software demonstrations
Issue Date: Apr-2011
Source: Coopmans, C. (2011-04). Face value': New medical imaging software in commercial view. Social Studies of Science 41 (2) : 155-176. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1177/0306312710389226
Abstract: Based on three ethnographic vignettes describing the engagements of a small start-up company with prospective competitors, partners and customers, this paper shows how commercial considerations are folded into the ways visual images become 'seeable'. When company members mount demonstrations of prototype mammography software, they seek to generate interest but also to protect their intellectual property. Pivotal to these efforts to manage revelation and concealment is the visual interface, which is variously performed as obstacle and ally in the development of a profitable product. Using the concept of 'face value', the paper seeks to develop further insight into contemporary dynamics of seeing and showing by tracing the way techno-visual presentations and commercial considerations become entangled in practice. It also draws attention to the salience and significance of enactments of surface and depth in image-based practices. © The Author(s) 2011.
Source Title: Social Studies of Science
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/52476
ISSN: 03063127
DOI: 10.1177/0306312710389226
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