2021 AMI Online Salon

Coronary Artery Pathway and Blockage

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Joe Samson
  • Client: University of Georgia
  • Copyright: Joe Samson, 2021
  • Medium/software used: ZBrush, Photoshop
  • Final presentation format: web image
  • Primary Audience: Undergraduate College students

Project Description

This image was made for part of an online educational module teaching students about   general cardiovascular anatomy and different ways in which the cardiovascular system can be constricted.  In particular, the section of this module that the illustration relates to deals with Ohm’s law and how the flow of fluid is related to pressure and resistance. The anatomy of the coronary vessels are highlighted on a transparent heart to give a more 3-dimensional view of how the vessels travel around the heart and radiate towards the apex from their origins in the aorta. A callout of a cross sectioned vessel shows a blockage of the left anterior descending artery in detail. The vessel cross-section highlights an accumulation of plaque that decreases blood flow  resulting in the inability of most of the blood to pass through the artery. An animation immediately follows this illustration showing insertion of a stent into the vessel which produces a decrease in resistance and increase in flow.