2022 AMI Online Salon

Facial Nerve Anatomy

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Elizabeth Siedell
  • Client: Lydia Gregg, Dr. Allison Machnicki
  • Copyright:  Libby Siedell, 2022
  • Medium/software used: Adobe Photoshop
  • Final presentation format: Anatomical plate, digital or print for study purposes
  • Primary Audience: First year medical students

Project Description

This illustration teaches the pathway and anatomy of the facial nerve, shows its relation to the parotid gland, and the facial muscles it innervates. It is intended as a supplemental study guide for medical students and is useful for surgical trainees who might operate in the area. At the top of the piece, the facial nerve is shown in context with surrounding anatomy using ghosting to show its branching within the parotid gland. The muscles shown are all innervated by the facial nerve. Simplified, graphic external anatomical features are shown as landmarks for underlying structures. The inset highlights the facial nerve alone for clarity as the purpose is to solely show the names of each branch and their relation to bony anatomy. At the bottom is a schema to work as a roadmap of the facial nerve, helpful for students studying the pathway and fiber types.