2021 AMI Online Salon

Anatomy of the Inguinal Canal

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Tina Wang
  • Client: Adam Sylvester, Lydia Gregg
  • Copyright: Tina Wang, 2021
  • Medium/software used:Photoshop
  • Final presentation format:Educational slide
  • Primary Audience:Medical students, anatomy students

Project Description

This piece aims to depict the body wall layers and anatomical boundaries that form the inguinal canal. The rarely depicted female anatomy is shown to clarify the misconception that the inguinal canal is a male-specific structure and to help viewers visualize the canal in relation to the round ligament. In the main image, a section of the external oblique aponeurosis is reflected to reveal anatomical relationships between the body wall layers and the canal content. Colourblind friendly didactic colours delineate the four layers. Written descriptions provide in-depth details about the layers as they relate to the canal and the canal content, and specify the differences between female and male structures.   Insets with exploded layers depict how the canal contents pass through each of the layers and how these layers form the boundaries of the inguinal canal. A comparison with the male anatomy is included to help viewers relate the structures between the two sexes.