Photorealistic and Graphic Illustrations of Thyroid Biopsy Medical Procedure and Tumor Types

UCLA Medical Center needed 3D medical illustration & animation for publication in medical journals to illustrate a thyroid biopsy procedure and the difference between benign and malignant tumors. DreamLight worked closely with the head physician to quickly create 3D medical renderings that were exactly what they were looking for. The 3D medical illustration & animation clearly showed the larynx, trachea and thyroid biopsy procedure in a manner not possible with photography. DreamLight created two different versions of the same 3D medical illustrations of the procedure for this project, a simple stylized graphic version as well as a more photorealistic rendering. When the intended audience for a 3D medical illustration & animation is the general public a more stylized approach may be desired. Sometimes highly photorealistic 3D medical illustration & animation is more appropriate if the intended audience is primarily targeted toward medical professionals and physicians. We also created the following 3D medical animation of the medical procedure from the same models and scenes that were used to create the original 3D medical illustrations. This demonstrates how we can leverage the same 3D medical assets across a variety of media for our clients.

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Additional samples of our 3D medical illustration & animation are available in our online portfolio including samples such as a series of 3D medical illustration & animation of a coronary stent deployment procedure.

For more information about 3D medical illustration & animation or to discuss your specific needs please contact us today!

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  • Project Type: 3D Medical Illustration
  • Skills Used: 3D Modeling - modo, 3D Texturing + 3D Lighting + 3D Animation + 3D Rendering - LightWave 3D, Image Compositing - Adobe Photoshop, 2D Motion Graphics + Video Compositing - Apple Motion, Video Editing - Apple Final Cut Pro X
  • Client: UCLA Medical Center