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Innervation of the Knee Joint

This is a series of illustrations that were made to depict the ideal anesthetic nerve blocks sites to the major nerves of the knee joint.

Modelling, sculpting, and rendering were done in Maxon Cinema4D, compositing in Adobe Photoshop and labelling in Adobe Illustrator.

Review of Knee Joint Innervation: Implications for Diagnostic Blocks and Radiofrequency Ablation

 

Shannon L Roberts, PhD, Alison Stout, DO, Paul Dreyfuss, MD

 

Pain Medicine, Volume 21, Issue 5, May 2020, Pages 922–938, https://doi.org/10.1093/pm/pnz189

 

Published: 13 August 2019

Client - Dr. Shannon Roberts, PhD

Knee Nerves anterior view
Knee Nerves lateral view
Knee Nerves posterior view
Knee Nerves medial view

Process

Modelling of base mesh geometry was first created in Maxon Cinema4D. Bones, cartilage and nerves were modelled to pinpoint precise anatomical positions and relationships.

Of particular note was the approach I used to model the nerves. I used an extruded spline technique, but with multiple splines for each distal nerve branch, each one traced all the way back to its origin.

Sculpted details were added to enhance the anesthetic quality and add realism to the models. 

Compositing of render passes and visual effects to enhance didactic quality was done in Adobe Photoshop and labels were added in Adobe Illustrator.