The reproduction or genital system is an area the team are often asked to illustrate. The illustrations include the male and female reproduction system.
Understanding the Reproductive System
Qualified medical artist’s such as Joanna have gone through anatomy training with cadavars. Gaining information on all the intricasies of how it all actually works, also comes with experience, working closley with experts in specialist areas, healthcare professionals and by researching the subject well, before any medical illustrations are produced.
Areas like the reproductive system are complex, containing internal anatomy of the female such as the uterus or womb, which hosts the developing foetus, and also produces vaginal and uterine secretions that passes the male’s sperm through the fallopian tubes. The ovaries which aren’t attached to the fallopian tubes but to the outer layer of the uterus via the ovarian ligaments, are oval shaped and measure 3cm x 1.5 cm x 1.5cm and located in the lateral wall of the pelvis region called the ovarian fossa. The ovaries produce the female’s egg cells. Knowing fine details such as this are essential to medical artists’ when creating medicallly correct artwork.
The male reproductive system consists of the testes and a series of ducts and glands. Sperm are produced in the testes and are transported through the reproductive ducts. These ducts include the epididymis, ductus deferens, ejaculatory duct and urethra. The reproductive glands produce secretions that become part of semen, the fluid that is ejaculated from the urethra. These glands include the seminal vesicles, prostate gland, and bulbourethral glands.