Basing Medical Illustration Effectiveness on Science instead of Opinion

By: Robert L. Shepherd MS, Certified Medical Illustrator, President & CEO, MediVisuals Inc. Opinions regarding what make graphics more or less effective are just like noses – everybody has one. For many years, “opinions” regarding specific characteristics of illustrations have...
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Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries: Mild (less severe) to Severe – Part 1

By: Robert L. Shepherd MS, Certified Medical Illustrator, President & CEO, MediVisuals Inc. Brain injuries are classified into two basic categories; those that are associated with obvious, incontestable evidence of intracranial injury and those that are not. Obvious intracranial injuries...
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Medical Legal Illustration and Animation: Cross Sections

By: Robert Shepherd MS, Certified Medical Illustrator, President & CEO, MediVisuals Inc.Long before science had advanced to allow imaging of the body in sectional views by computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), medical illustrators were illustrating the body in sectional...
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3D Reconstructions of CT and MRI Data (Volume Renderings) Complimented by Medical Illustration

By: Robert L. Shepherd MS, Certified Medical Illustrator, President & CEO, MediVisuals Inc. Computer-generated 3D reconstructions from a person’s actual CT or MRI data as well as medical illustrations are powerful tools that can be used separately to demonstrate a...
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Understanding the Osteophyte/Disc Complex in Spinal Trauma

By: Robert L. Shepherd MS, Certified Medical Illustrator, President & CEO, MediVisuals Inc. A traumatic event causing injury to an intervertebral disc may also cause subtle injuries to the bones around the disc. During an extreme lateral flexion injury (shown...
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Discogenic Pain – Back Pain and Radiculopathy Without Evidence of Significant Disc Injury

By: Robert L. Shepherd MS, Certified Medical Illustrator, President & CEO, MediVisuals Inc. In determining if a person's pain may be related to some sort of intervertebral disc pathology, a great deal of emphasis is placed upon imaging studies showing...
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Annular Tears and Fissures (Intervertebral Disc Pathology, Part 2 of 3)

By: Robert Shepherd MS, Certified Medical Illustrator, President & CEO, MediVisuals Inc. This blog is a follow-up referencing language and labels used by health professionals to describe various types of intervertebral disc pathology as defined by a 1995 joint undertaking...
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Disc Herniation and Other Disc Injuries

By: Robert Shepherd MS, Certified Medical Illustrator, President & CEO, MediVisuals Inc. The term “degenerated disc” is generally used to describe a disc in the early degenerative process. It is the beginning of a progressive break down of the disc....
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Protrusions Versus Extrusions (Intervertebral Disc Pathology, Part 3 of 3)

By: Robert Shepherd MS, Certified Medical Illustrator, President & CEO, MediVisuals Inc. This blog is the third in a series referencing language and labels used by health professionals to describe intervertebral disc pathology as defined by a 1995 joint undertaking...
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Breaking Down Traumatic Arthritis

By: Robert L. Shepherd MS, Certified Medical Illustrator, President & CEO, MediVisuals Inc. Fractures can result in several long term or permanent complications that can necessitate additional surgical procedures. One of the most common long term debilitating complications is traumatic...
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