A series of medical illustrations of the anatomy of the ear for medical education use

University_of_Dundee_Anatomy_Inner_Ear_Labels
 

Services used: 

  • Medical Illustration
  • Layout Design

CLIENT

Dr. Penny Lockwood, Dr. David Stewart, Dr. Patrick Spielmann
School of Medicine, University of Dundee

DESCRIPTION

Lecturers at the University of Dundee Medical School were hosting a teaching session on identifying referred otalgia (ear pain that originates outside of the ear) within a patient. In order for students to do this, they must first understand the anatomy associate with the ear, head and neck before trying to figure out the source of where the pain is coming from. 

The first step, naturally, is to understand the anatomy of the ear and inner ear. The students have lots of anatomy lectures prior to the teaching session, however the lecturers tend to refer to visual aids during the session to drive home their learning objectives. Before I took on this project, the lecturers were using visual assets that: 

a. didn’t have the correct creative commons license for free educational use or

b. didn’t exactly show the anatomy they wanted to focus on

This was when they realised that they needed the help of a medical illustrator to produce illustrations that not only could be used as part of this teaching session but could also be integrated into other lecture materials. 

IMAGES AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

High-Res versions of these illustrations are available for educational use. You can access them through the TILT Flickr page.


 

Anatomy of the ear

Here I provided 2 options of the illustration, one with labels and one without labels. This gave my clients more flexibility in using these illustrations for their teaching purposes. 

ONE ILLUSTRATION, MANY VISUAL ASSETS

I provided multiple highlighted views of the ear anatomy to give more presentation options. This allowed my clients to have their audience focus on a particular area without needing to have new visuals created. 

NOTABLE STRUCTURES

In our initial discussion my client wanted to highlight the structures that were affected in referred otalgia. We achieved this by highlighting them in the following layouts below. 

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Focus on complex structures

When I was doing my initial research online I noticed that there weren’t many visual resources that included the facial nerve. This was surprising since it’s course runs in close proximity to the structures of the middle and inner ear. 

Because of that I decided to put a little bit of focus on this nerve and added some illustrative highlights and viewpoints that might help a medical student. 

 

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from sketch to final

Initial sketches

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Colour comps

 

Final rendering

Click on the play buttons to see the layered breakdown of my photoshop files. 

 

IMAGES AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

High-Res versions of these illustrations are available for educational use. You can access them through the TILT Flickr page.

 

Interested in creating a project like this for your organisation?
Email me at campbellmedicalillustration@gmail.com and let's have a chat or you can request a quote


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