2022 AMI Online Salon

Normal liver structure

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Emily Wu
  • Client: UWorld
  • Copyright: UWorld, 2022
  • Medium/software used: Photoshop, Cinema 4D, Illustrator
  • Final presentation format: Web based question bank
  • Primary Audience: Medical students

Project Description

To give an overview of normal liver anatomy, from basic lobule structure to liver microanatomy. This illustration is intended to accompany a written explanation for a question involving hepatocyte ischemia, which requires an understanding of liver zones, blood flow direction, and cells of the liver. Blood flows from the portal triad towards the central vein, so zone 3, which is the zone farthest from the portal triad, is most prone to hepatic ischemia. This illustration is also designed to be able to accompany any other explanation related to liver function or structure. Some students may have visual impairments, including low vision and different types of color blindness. While conventional colors for bile, arteries, and veins (green, red, and blue respectively) are used to avoid confusion, appropriate value contrast allows students with color blindness to differentiate between the green and red used. When possible, labels are kept off of structures and on a white background to ensure maximum contrast and visibility. Text is kept above a minimum size to ensure legibility on various devices from which students may be viewing the illustration.