2022 AMI Online Salon

Anatomy of the Parotid Region and Infratemporal Fossa

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Ke Er Zhang
  • Client: Anne Agur, Professor of Anatomy; Faculty advisor:  Dr. Jodie Jenkinson
  • Copyright:  Ke Er Zhang, 2021
  • Medium/software used: Procreate, Figma
  • Final presentation format: Digital (projected slides, website)
  • Primary Audience: Anatomy and medical students

Project Description

Head and neck anatomy can be complex and difficult to learn due to the vast number of minute structures in a spatially limited anatomic region. This set of anatomical illustrations was designed as a visual aid for students learning head and neck anatomy and can be used separately or superimposed (in an interactive opacity slider to help the student make comparisons between structures at each layer of the face). Serial dissections of the parotid region and infratemporal fossa were performed to gain an understanding of 3D structural relationships in the face from superficial to deep levels. Each layer was photographed for reference, illustrated using Procreate, laid out using Figma, and reviewed by the client for accuracy. Vibrant, eye-catching colors were chosen to engage the attention of students. For didactic purposes, these colors follow a conventional palette for anatomical illustrations and are differentiable by gray value, increasing accessibility for audiences with vision impairments. Labels were added selectively to the most important structures found at each level of dissection and have a contrast ratio of 8.6: 1 to ensure content legibility. The design intentionally depicts a character of Asian ethnicity to elucidate inclusion and representation among the audience.