2021 AMI Online Salon

Vestibular Schwannomas

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Alison Burke
  • Client: The New England Journal of Medicine
  • Copyright: © Massachusetts Medical Society, 2020
  • Medium/software used: Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator
  • Final presentation format: Print and online
  • Primary Audience: General medical audience

Project Description

The intended purpose of these two figures was to present the microanatomy and structures affected by vestibular schwannomas, as well as microsurgical approaches for the treatment. To present the impact of the vestibular schwannoma on the cranial nerves, a posterolateral view and a superior view were selected. The combination of both views allows the reader to observe the compression of CN V, VII, IX, and X. The transparency applied to the tumor also demonstrates the compression of nerves and displacement of vessels. In the second part of the series, three operative approaches are demonstrated. Each approach is explained with a posterolateral orientation and incision view, as well as two views to show the area of craniotomy diagrammatically. The larger, more detailed inset shows the affected structures and approach. A minimal rendering and color palette is used throughout to help the viewer focus on the main area of interest: the vestibular schwannoma and the affected structures.