AN ONLINE STUDENT RESOURCE
ON ORAL CANCER
ANNA SIEBEN // VISUALISING MEDICINE
Upon finishing the MSc Medical Art at the University of Dundee, I participated in a 3 month medical art internship at the University of Dundee School of Dentistry. My internship comprised the development of an online resource on oral cancer for dentistry students. This project was funded by the Association of British Academic Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Content reviewers were Ms Emily McDougall, who was also my supervisor during the internship, Mr. Simon Shepherd, Dr. Sharon White and Dr. Michaelina Macluskey.
My role in this project was to create interactive visuals and a lay-out for the resource. Throughout the process there were feedback rounds with all content reviewers. A few examples of content developed for the project are shown below.
The first sign of malignancy in the oral cavity often is the presence of enlarged lymph node(s). Therefore an examination of the lymph nodes of the drainage area of amongst others the oral cavity is included in the check up routine.
The images on the right show the different triangles of lymphatic drainage of the head and neck area. Based on the location of enlarged lymph nodes, the area of possible malignancies can be determined.
The image was based on a view of the interactive 3D model of the lymphatics of head and neck, which you can view below. This view was then further modified in Adobe Photoshop to highlight the lymphatic triangles.
AN INTERACTIVE 3D MODEL OF THE LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE OF HEAD AND NECK
The model was created in Pixologic Zbrush, based on references in anatomical atlases. Throughout the process of the creation of the model, there were several feedback rounds.
A 2D animation showing the different tumour stages was created. The animation was then modified to create an interactive element: a slider.
This enables students to navigate through the progression of the tumour stage and learn the different T stages as well as their criteria.
AN INTERACTIVE 3D MODEL OF THE SURFACE ANATOMY OF THE ORAL CAVITY
The model was created in Pixologic Zbrush, based on a 3D scan of dental molds. Clinical images were used as references. The surface anatomy of the oral cavity is depicted and areas that should get extra attention during examination are annotated.
Several additional illustrations were created for the resource, among others to visuals to illustrate biopsy techniques, such as the illustration shown here.
This illustration was created in Adobe Illustrator and further modified in Adobe Photoshop