Demonstrating the Crossing Nature of the ACL and PCL
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As a student in the Biomedical Visualization program here at the University of Illinois at Chicago, I am studying to become a medical artist. Tasked with the responsibility of visually communicating accurate medical information, thorough research of a topic of interest is of particular importance. For this assignment (BVIS 405: Anatomical Visualization, taught by John Daugherty) we were to illustrate the skeletal components of the knee joint and, using only two sagittal or coronal planes, demonstrate the crossing nature of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). The knee joint was to be represented in correct anatomical position and in two-point perspective. As resources, I used an anatomically-correct knee model, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of a knee joint, and a cadaver knee from our Gross Anatomy lab. I also researched two-point perspective and consulted content experts. This illustration was drawn using graphite.