2018 AMI Online Salon

Cranial nerves within the cavernous sinus

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Tianxing Shi; Baltimore, Maryland
  • Client: Dr. Ari Blitz, Lydia Gregg, Corinne Sandone
  • Copyright: © 2017 Tianxing Shi
  • Medium / software used: OsiriX, Watercolor, Adobe photoshop
  • Final presentation format: Textbook
  • Primary audience: Medical students

Project Description

The illustration presents the cranial nerves within the cavernous sinus, their relationship to the pituitary gland, vascular structures and dural boundaries through both lateral view and coronal section. The trajectory change of the cranial nerve IV before going through the superior fissure was specifically addressed, which was oftentimes overlooked. Using DICOM data enables more accurate visualization of the sagittal cut of the sphenoid bone at the superior fissure, where harbors the complexity of vascular and neural structures. An overview of the skull with brain, cavernous sinus and internal carotid artery layered in, is also portrayed for orientation purposes.