2021 AMI Online Salon

Cutaneous Cryosurgery for Skin Conditions

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  John Karapelou
  • Client: American Family Physician
  • Copyright: John W. Karapelou, 2020
  • Medium/software used: Photoshop, Lightwave, Keyshot
  • Final presentation format: Medical journal cover art
  • Primary Audience: Family Practice and Primary Care Physician

Project Description

To depict the use of cryosurgery (application of freezing temperatures to destroy tissue) to treat a skin lesion typically encountered in the primary care setting using a commonly available cryogen while also showing a variety of alternative cryogens and applicators. In foreground patient’s hand is held steady by the doctor during application of liquid nitrogen to the patient’s common wart with a commercially produced cryospray canister device that has a nozzle designed to focus the spray. A detail view of the cryogen being applied to the wart is shown in the background. Featured in the upper right (from left to right): straight and curved solid tip cryoprobes (for direct cold metal contact) that can be fitted to the same cryospray canister device; a CryoPen, which uses a state-of-the-art, linear compression cooling technology that does not require handling of dangerous cryogenic gases and liquids; and a cotton swab already dipped into liquid nitrogen.