A series of ear anatomy illustrations
for medical education

 
University_of_Dundee_ISS_ENT_Inner_Ear_Anatomy

Services used: 

  • Medical Illustration
  • Layout Design

CLIENT

University of Dundee, School of Medicine, 

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 medical 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. 

That'a a lot of anatomy to understand and remember in one go. This is why the lecturers refer to visual aids during the session to drive home their learning objectives. 

The CHALLENGE

Before I took on this project, the lecturers were using visual assets that: 

  1. Didn’t have the correct creative commons license for free educational use or 

  2. Didn’t exactly show the anatomy they wanted to focus on

The Solution

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 seen before the session. 

Credits

Reviewers: Dr. Penny Lockwood, Dr. David Stewart, Dr. Patrick Spielmann

Content Expert: Dr. Patrick Spielmann

 


 
 

Final Images

 

Images used as a tool for teaching

The use of visuals are helpful for medical students to quickly see the anatomy in their minds. This way they can quickly make a connection between healthy states and when things go wrong.

 


MY Process

For any interested illustrators a more in depth outline of my process is available on my blog here

 

Step 1 - Using imaging data to create a 3D model

Certain aspects of this model were created from segmented MRI data*, making this a highly accurate representation of the tympanic membrane, facial nerve, ossicles and vestibular system.

*The vestibulocochlear nerve was not derived from MRI data, however heavily referenced.

You can locate the segmented MRI data from the following: 
http://audilab.bmed.mcgill.ca/~daren/3Dear/index.html


 

Step 2 - Sketches

I then used the 3D model as a basis for the illustration sketch. 

 

 

Step 3 - Colour Comps and Labels

I rendered the final illustration in Photoshop, keeping each structure on a separate layer. Here’s a little gif for you to check out: 


SHAREABLE RESOURCES

One massive plus side to this is that all the illustrations produced, as part of this project, are then released on a creative commons license that allows for free educational used. 

You can download them on the TILT Flickr page here: 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/138501603@N02

 

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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