Category Archives: TILT Projects

Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI) award for our medical artwork

Illustration of head anatomy

I’m super excited to announce that one of our illustration series has won a Silver IMI award in last year’s Manchester conference. View some of the other entries here.

I was not expecting such a positive response and support from my colleagues and the school. I did a small interview that’s available for you to read on the University of Dundee Medical School website.


In brief I’m happy to say that all the digital illustrations created, such as the head series above, are released on a creative commons license that allows for free educational use. We want to encourage others to use our resources too. Check them out:



Interactive 3D Ear Model Using Sketchfab

I’m very excited to share with you something that I’ve been working on during the winter months here at TILT, an interactive 3D model of the anatomy of the inner ear.

This interactive is part of a larger project that includes a series of illustrations depicting the anatomy of the ear. Stay tuned for those images on the blog in the upcoming weeks.

In the meantime, go on, have a click and a spin around: 

Anatomy of the Inner Ear
by University of Dundee School of Medicine
on Sketchfab


About this model

Certain aspects of this model were created from segmented MRI data*, making this a highly accurate representation of the tympanic membrane, facial nerve, ossicles and vestibular system.

This work “Anatomy of the Inner Ear”, is a derivative of “3D Ear” by W. Robert J. Funnell, PhD; Sam Daniel, MD, CM; and Daren Nicolson, MD, CM at McGill University, used under CC BY-NC-SA 1.0. “Anatomy of the Inner Ear” is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

You are free to copy, reuse and remix this for non-commercial purposes but we ask that you acknowledge the University of Dundee as well as publish any remixed work under the same share-alike license as the original authors.

*The vestibulocochlear nerve was not derived from MRI data, however heavily referenced.

You can locate the segmented MRI data from the following:

The original MRI dataset can be found in the following location:


Embed it onto your website

You can embed the above interactive onto your website as well. Follow this link to our TILT Sketchfab account and click on the Share button. To embed, simply click on </> GET EMBED CODE then just copy and paste it into your code or wordpress site.


Follow us on Sketchfab

That’s right we now have a TILT account on Sketchfab. Come connect with us, it’s great for us to see what projects you are doing as well.

Thanks for looking!

Our New TILT Intern: Marissa Krebs, MSc Medical Art

Photo of medical artist Marissa Krebs

We are super excited to introduce to you our newest addition to the TILT team, fellow medical artist Marissa Krebs.

Marissa hails from the land across the pond, good old U.S of A and has spent the last year studying for her Master’s in Medical Art at the University of Dundee. For the last couple of months Marissa has been working with us at TILT to produce some really cool Neuroanatomy graphics in the style of the London Underground Subway Map.

The brain child for this project was by one of our 4th year medical students, Alan Muhyaldeen. We’re pretty stoked that he came to us with this idea and incredibly happy with the collaborative effort of both Marissa and Alan. 

Check out the results of Marissa’s awesome visual work below:

Medical Illustration of the spinal nerves created in the style of the London Subway Map

Click the image to see a larger view! Image attribution: “Spinal Nerve Routes” by Marissa Krebs for the University of Dundee is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

medical illustration of descending neural tracts created in the style of the London Underground subway map by medical artist Marissa Krebs

Click the image to see a larger view! Image attribution: “Descending Neural Tracts” by Marissa Krebs for the University of Dundee is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

London Underground Ascending Neural Tracts Medical Illustration by Marissa Krebs

Click the image to see a larger view! Click the image to see a larger view! Image attribution: “Ascending Neural Tracts” by Marissa Krebs for the University of Dundee is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Fancy using these images for your teaching purposes? Feel free to download them! Be sure to add the appropriate attribution in your lectures. The image attributions have been added underneath each picture, just copy and paste!

Thanks to Dr. Paul Felts and Dr. Seaneen McDougall for lending us their expertise in reviewing this content. A special thanks to Natalie Lafferty to bringing this project to life!


Marissa Krebs
Medical illustrator, researcher, copy writer and project manager
Alan Muhyaldeen
Project sponsor, content reviewer and copy writer
4th year medical student, Undergraduate School of Medicine, University of Dundee
Dr. Paul Felts and Dr. Seaneen McDougall
Content experts and reviewers
Centre of Anatomy and Human Identification, School of Science and Engineering, University of Dundee
Annie Campbell
Project manager
Medical Artist and Educational Resource Developer, Technology & Innovation Learning Team (TILT), Undergraduate School of Medicine, University of Dundee
Natalie Lafferty
Medical student supervisor
Head Centre of Technology & Innovation in Learning (CTIL), University of Dundee


Start date: August 2014

Status: Ongoing

The Roam project will provide a virtual hospital for trainee orientation and introduction to wards at Dundee Medical School’s Ninewells base.


MEDICAL ILLUSTRATIONS: Series of dermatology surgical excision illustrations


Project title: Series of dermatology surgical excision illustrations
Project Sponsor: Dr. Andrew Affleck, Consultant Dermatologist and Dermatological Surgeon
TILT medical illustrator: Annie Campbell, Medical Artist and Educational Resource developer


Project Background

Late last semester Dr. Andrew Affleck came to TILT with a few medical illustration requests to help add to his presentation on the Mohs surgical technique. His visually rich presentation included fantastic patient case studies, however lacked the appropriate illustrations needed to tell the story of the procedure. This was a pretty straightforward request and our resident medical illustrator set to work. This short case study covers what her process was and final deliverables.

Project Brief

Dr. Affleck had been using placeholder images and sketches in areas where he wanted new illustrations. Having those examples was extremely useful as it gave us an idea of what he was looking for. Below is a rundown of the illustrations that were to be created:

Fig 1. Tissue cross section (with tumor) illustrating the beveled edge of the cross section

Fig 2. Illustration showing the procedure of vertical (breadloaf) sections being taken and parts of the cancer being missed by doing this method.

Fig 3. A series of illustrations showing the difference between the Mohs method in comparison to conventional skin excisions

Fig 4. Update design aesthetics of pie chat on slide 62 (untitled)



Step 1
Annie first started off researching and familiarising herself with both Mohs and conventional excision procedures. She then created a series of rough sketches to get the basic layout of the final piece down.

UOD_Annie_Campbell_Conventional_excision_sketch_01 UOD_Annie_Campbell_Mohs_micrographic_surgery_sketch_01

To get the perspective correct, Annie used a 3D program to create the basic shapes before drawing in the general outlines in Photoshop.

Step 2
The line work was then cleaned up and tightened in Illustrator. She then produced a rough render in Photoshop to get the values down before moving onto colourising the final piece.

UOD_Annie_Campbell_Conventional_excision_sketch_02 UOD_Annie_Campbell_Mohs_micrographic_surgery_sketch_02

Step 03
Colour and texture was then added to the illustrations in Photoshop.

UOD_Annie_Campbell_Mohs_micrographic_surgery_sketch_03 UOD_Annie_Campbell_Conventional_excision_sketch_03

Step 04
Once the illustrations were colourised, appropriate labels, captions and titles were added to the final piece.




Old vs New Visual Assets

Below is a list of Dr. Affleck’s sketches and reference images along with their new visual assets created by the TILT medical artist:

UOD_Annie_Campbell_pie_tin_insert_Before_After UOD_Annie_Campbell_breadloaf_sectioning_Before_After UOD_Annie_Campbell_Moh_vs_Conventional_Before_After


We’re happy to say that Dr. Affleck was very pleased with his new illustrations and we look forward to collaborating more with him.

If you have a similar need for your presentation to the medical students of the undergraduate school, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the TILT medical artist, Annie Campbell at

Thanks for watching!