Medical illustration is a part of the wider field of biomedical communications and explains complex concepts in medicine and science through images.
Medical illusrators have a specific knowledge and preparation in medical and scientific subjects and they can handle many concepts collaborating with physicians and scientists. Images may represent processes belonging to the visible reality, like surgical procedures, or to the invisible reality, like molecular biology and pathology.
Images are usually published in scientific papers, book chapters, presentations, web pages.
Photography and radiology are important references to obtain useful informations; medical illustrators often have a good technical preparation and can produce autonomously the necessary photographies and videos, in order to obtain a descriptive image.