2019 AMI Online Salon

Branches of the External Carotid Artery

Project Details

  • Company/Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Entrant Name: Nicole Ethen
  • Membership Type: Student Submission                
  • Address: Chicago, IL
  • Client: University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Medium/software used: Materialise Mimics 19.0, Pixologic ZBrush 2018, Luxion Keyshot 8.2, Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe InDesign CC
  • Final presentation format: Didactic print poster
  • Primary Audience: Anatomy students

Project Description

Students learning anatomy must learn the important vasculature in the head and neck including the branches of the external carotid artery. The branches of this artery can be identified by the direction each vessel travels as it branches from the main artery. This region is also bounded by many other anatomical structures, making it difficult to focus on the arteries in relation to its surroundings. Patient CT data was used as the foundation for creating the 3D models in order to visualize the branches of the carotid artery from an optimal vantage point. A viewing angle was chosen that visualizes the branching pattern for optimal spatial understanding. The graphic design and composition were designed to optimize students’ learning and self-assessment of the subject anatomy.