A series of ear anatomy illustrations
for medical education
- Medical Illustration
- Layout Design
University of Dundee, School of Medicine,
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.
Before I took on this project, the lecturers were using visual assets that:
Didn’t have the correct creative commons license for free educational use or
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 seen before the session.
Reviewers: Dr. Penny Lockwood, Dr. David Stewart, Dr. Patrick Spielmann
Content Expert: Dr. Patrick Spielmann
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.
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: