2022 AMI Online Salon

Pancreaticoduodenectomy (Whipple)

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Jennifer Wang
  • Client: Hopkins Medicine
  • Copyright:  Jennifer A. Wang, 2021
  • Medium/software used: Adobe Photoshop
  • Final presentation format: Surgical Atlas
  • Primary Audience: Surgeons and residents

Project Description

This multi-part illustration for a mock surgical atlas depicts the steps of a pancreaticoduodenectomy (Whipple) procedure. Step 8 highlights shared blood supply between the head of the pancreas and duodenum demonstrating why both are resected en masse during this procedure. Instruments and sutures direct viewers’ attention to the key action, the transection of the inferior pancreaticoduodenal artery. Instructional color is used to differentiate between vessels and surrounding structures. The tumor is rendered in a lighter color to emphasize the pathological tissue. Step 9 depicts the pancreaticojejunostomy (anastamosis of the pancreas to the jejunum). The pancreatic duct appears larger than normal in this illustration due to fibrosis caused by prior radiation treatment.