About Surgical Illustration

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Qualified medical illustrators are specifically trained to create dynamic and accurate medical illustrations for print, web, lecture presentations, animations, patient education materials, advertising, court room exhibits, and more.

To create figures for medical education, the illustrator observes and sketches in the operating room and collaborates with the surgeon to effectively communicate the finer points of technique. Medical llustrators are trained to practice asepis and position themselves so as to not interfere with the tasks of the surgical team and ensure the safety of the patient.

The end result is a figure or set of figures that clearly demonstrate — from the surgeon's visual perspective — the key moments of a dynamic series of events, correct technique, and the appearance and reaction of the tissue.

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