2022 AMI Online Salon

Minimally invasive right thoracotomy for cardiopulmonary bypass

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Beth Vuelta
  • Other Contributors Daniel H. Drake, MD
  • Client: Daniel H. Drake, MD
  • Copyright: Daniel H. Drake, MD (To be turned over to journal, currently in submission), 2022
  • Medium/software used: Adobe CC Photoshop
  • Final presentation format: Digital RGB File
  • Primary Audience: CV Surgeons

Project Description

Intended Purpose and Social ImpactTo demonstrate a unique cardiothoracic surgical technique for journal publication. The procedural illustrations show a minimally invasive right thoracotomy used to allow single-incision central cannulation for cardiopulmonary bypass and cross clamping. Cannulation outflow is via the right atrium and inflow via the aorta. The illustrations will appear in the client’s journal submission and PowerPoint presentations, his target audience being other surgeons. Since the procedure is minimally invasive, conveying a sense of depth and crowdedness, yet precision and order, were the main obstacles. This is well observed in panel E. Since the illustrations are tailored for publication, we utilized clear and bold figure labels, mindful of readability. Since panel E contained much information, we enlarged that illustration, while maintaining a sense of balance within the remaining procedure panels.