2019 AMI Online Salon

MRONJ: Medication Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

Project Details

  • Entrant Name: Alexander Young
  • Membership Type: Student Submission     
  • Address: Toronto, Canada
  • Client: Faculty Advisor: Dr. Shelley Wall
  • Medium/software used: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
  • Final presentation format: Print, two-page magazine spread
  • Primary Audience: Educated lay audience

Project Description

MRONJ is a disease that leads to areas of non-healing, exposed alveolar bone in the jaw. The biological mechanism that causes MRONJ is unknown; however, a strong link has been established between the disease onset and the use of antiresorptive or antiangiogenic medication, most commonly used in cancer and bone disease treatment affecting women and the elderly. This goal of this illustration was to accurately to depict the pathogenesis and progression of the disease to an educated lay audience while providing information about the pathology at multiple scales. In addition, the piece was meant to appeal to the emotions of the audience and invoke a sense of empathy in an attempt to acknowledge the root word of “pathology”. The piece was created to exist as a two-page magazine spread for publications with an audience similar to Scientific American.