Medical illustrations and diagrams

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Matt Skalski et al.

High quality medical illustrations and diagrams form an important part of 

Illustrations should have sufficient detail to accurately depict both the basic anatomy of the region and pathology of the condition, in a clear and understandable manner. "Free-style" drawing is discouraged. 

Illustrations should also be of high enough resolution as to view all relevant structures easily. Illustrations do not need to contain anatomic structures that are not relevant to the condition being depicted.

  • minimum resolution: 1600x1600 pixels
  • square image ratios only: all other image dimensions are automatically converted to square resolutions with black extension of the canvas when uploaded
  • header labels at the top of the image should be in bold
  • labelled structures should be indicated using a fine black or white line to the label. 

Acceptable fonts used for labeling illustrations and diagrams are:

  • Windows: Myriad Pro
  • Mac: Helvetica Neue
  • Open Sans (free google font)
  • the artist's name or initials may be contained within the image in a non-obstructive, non-distracting location, preferably in the bottom right corner; this should not be larger in the vertical dimension than the smallest font size in the image
  • do not watermark images
  • there should ideally not be any company logo overlays on the images as this will reduce the quality and teaching value of cases.

The illustration background color should ideally be plain white, plain black, or black with a subtle circular grey gradient. 

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Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Medical illustrations
  • Medical diagrams

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