2018 AMI Online Salon

T10 to L3 Scoliotic Spinal Fusion

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Amy Cao; Mississauga, Ontario
  • Client: Faculty advisor: Michael Corrin, Content advisor: Stephen Lewis
  • Copyright: © 2018 Amy Cao
  • Medium / software used: Pen and Ink, Adobe Photoshop CS6
  • Final presentation format: Print, surgical textbook
  • Primary audience: Novice surgeons

Project Description


This selection of surgical illustrations is taken from an instructional sequence visualizing the latter half of a scoliotic spinal fusion. The primary goal of the illustrated guide was to clearly depict this specific surgery as it was performed by the observed surgeon. Emphasis was put on effective storytelling as well as anatomical and procedural accuracy. Input from the surgeon was also considered, including the request to focus on the unique procedural aspects of his surgical workflow and to illustrate from a surgeon’s viewpoint. The guide was aimed at surgical residents to familiarize them with the procedure. Assignment requirements called for pen and ink linework that accurately described depth, three-dimensional form, and texture.