Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Illustrations

An Aortic Aneurysm is the term for any swelling (dilation or aneurysm) of the aorta, usually a result from a weakness in the wall of the aorta. The high risk of rupture causing internal hemorrhage can result in a quick death. This is because the abdominal aorta is the largest artery in the abdominal cavity. As part of the aorta, it is a direct continuation of the descending aorta from the heart located in the thorax.

The illustrations below were commissioned by a consultant radiologist looking for illustration of a vascular procedure, as part of a course being undertaken at the Royal College of Surgeons, London UK. The purpose to show the preparatory stages of EVAR stent deployment in an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

The Art of Producing Medical Illustrations for the Surgeon

A medical artist will work with the surgeon or medical expert to produce the illustrations, as often these are innovative and new techniques. Working closely together, the surgeon will provide written text or even basic outline drawings. The artist will provide pencil sketches for review, before completing them as final medical illustrations.

The end result is accurate, anatomically correct, yet eye catching and appealing medical images that tell a story, whilst also breaking up long pages of text in a medical paper.  For a surgeon to be able to communicate their new technique in a visual manner, makes for a more engaging and memorable paper. The medical art can also be extended for website use, as handouts at presentations or leaflets as they don't have to be confined to the paper.

The Surgeon can Choose a Style to Suit their Specialist Area

With a range of mediums and styles to hand when creating medical art, the surgeon can decide the best method, or what suits the budget, each time. We can provide a range of illustrative mediums in colour digital, pen and ink, and pencil. Styles available are providing as 2D full colour illustrations, charts and graphs, PowerPoint presentations or animations or line drawings.

Anatomy of the abdominal aorta, with its swelling or aneurysm. m

Anatomy of the abdominal aorta, with its swelling or aneurysm.

The point at which the abdominal aorta bifurcates into the left and right common iliac arteries

Abdominal aorta bifurcates into the left and right common iliac arteries

White measuring catheter with wire inside the lumen up to arch

White measuring catheter with wire inside the lumen up to arch

 
The angiographic catheter for dye that allows visualisation of the anatomy

The angiographic catheter for dye that allows visualisation of the anatomy

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

 

Why do Surgeons use Medical Illustrators for Surgical Papers?

Through out all fields of surgery, practising surgeons and those writing medical papers on new findings and new surgery techniques, often use a medical illustrator or medical artist to help illustrate their clinical findings.  Joanna' s medical illustrations of surgery, offer an invaluable service to any surgeon looking to publish papers on their work. Medical illustrations created for specific new techniques are an ideal way to aid understanding of complicated medical text. Joanna is ideal for a surgeon on the look out for an artist trained in anatomy.

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