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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department, University Medical Center Groningen


Describing a new surgical technique at a conference can be challenging without images, especially before an audience with mixed levels of expertise. The goal of this project was to create very clean images that are easy to understand to support the speaker's explanation.


We opted for a very clean, stylized outline of the head, including just enough details to give context. Brighter colors were given to the lymph nodes and fluorescence, the key elements in the illustration. For flexibility in use, I provided the client with various labeled and unlabeled versions of the same illustration, for use with different audiences. That also included images with opaque and transparent background.


Sentinel lymph node is a technique used to detect tumor cell spread to avoid performing very invasive surgery on patients who don't need it. 

The first set of slightly more complex images is designed to appeal to an expert audience.

These simpler images can be used to inform patients or to break down the complex images in steps.

A close-up image of the lymph node was created as well to explain the process in more detail.

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One of these figures was later featured in the journal article "Elective Neck Dissection or Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Early Stage Oral Cavity Cancer Patients: The Dutch Experience"

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I'm Cristina, a scientific illustrator and 3D artist based in Alicante, Spain.

I have scientific training as a biotechnologist, which I combine with my education and experience as a medical illustrator and 3D artist to create beautiful images to communicate your message. 


My goal is to make your project stand out with great design and eye-catching images, and to make your message easy to understand.

If you have a question or an idea for a project, feel free to contact me!

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