2018 AMI Online Salon

Ventral-lateral View of The Brain

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Tracy Xiao Fan Xiang
  • Contributors: Xiao Fan Xiang  ; Toronto, Ontario
  • Client: Prof. Dave Mazierski and Prof. Shelley Wall
  • Copyright: © 2018 Tracy X.F. Xiang
  • Medium / software used: Adobe Photoshop & Adobe Illustrator
  • Final presentation format: Print on paper
  • Primary audience: Undergraduate Students

Project Description

A ventral-lateral view of the brain is rarely seen in textbooks and atlases. Other than its scarcity in undergraduate anatomy education, I depicted the brain from this unique perspective because, not only does this view showcase the relationship of the cranial nerves to the external features of the brainstem, it also clarifies how parts of the brainstem connect with the diencephalon and the telencephalon. I based the sketch on brain serial dissections from the Grant’s museum, a Somso brain model, and a maquette made from MRI images from BodyParts3D. To enhance the interconnectedness between the subcortical structures and external macrostructures, which are essential for understanding the optic and pyramidal pathways, I removed the right occipital lobe and the insula to reveal footprints of association bundles, the projection fibres, parts of the corona radiata, and the contour of the lateral ventricle.