As specially trained medical illustrators, we bring a unique blend of medical science knowledge and artistry to medical illustrations used for patient education, medical education and marketing.
Our experience in a broad range of therapeutic areas is backed by our knowledge of physiology, anatomy, cell biology and molecular biology. Our clients appreciate our in-house medical expertise knowledge and the time and effort it saves.
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The AXS Studio difference
We specialize in medical illustration, with board certified medical illustrators on staff. We’re trained in anatomy, physiology, pathology, cell biology and surgical illustration. We speak the same language as our clients, which makes us an efficient and effective partner for visual communication needs.
Creative visual storytellers
We accelerate understanding
Certified medical illustrators (CMIs)
We speak the language of science
Illustration down to a science
Prepared for success
to communicate your story.
Why invest in accurate medical illustration?
- Medical illustration helps patients and their families understand unfamiliar and often complex concepts.
- Medical illustrations are a highly effective way to communicate new ideas about disease pathways and management to healthcare professionals.
- Medical illustrations that are accurate lend credibility to life science companies communicating with healthcare professionals (HCPs).
- One good medical illustration can be used in multiple channels: Web, detail aids, journal papers, exhibit booths,news releases and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
It typically takes three to six weeks, depending on the content and complexity of the visuals. Another determinant is the client-side review process. We recommend contacting us two months or more before your need your medical illustration completed.
Medical illustration is used to educate physicians and nurses about new research and understanding about illnesses and their treatment. It is also vital to disseminating new procedures, including surgical techniques.
Medical illustration is used by patients and families to understand medical conditions and therapeutic options so that they can make informed choices about care.
Medical communications and scientific affairs managers at pharmaceutical companies use medical illustration to explain disease pathways to healthcare professionals at symposia and congresses, and through disease awareness websites.
Pharmaceutical product and marketing managers use medical illustration to explain the therapeutic mechanism of action of drugs to healthcare professionals in publications, on websites and in medical congress exhibits.
Medical science liaisons use medical illustrations in their detail aids and presentations to explain disease pathways and therapeutic mechanisms when calling on physicians.
Specialists use medical illustrations in symposia presentations to describe everything from molecular disease pathways to new surgical procedures.
Patient advocates use medical illustration to explain complex disease information and treatments to the public, who have a wide range of medical and scientific literacy.
Many art and design studios employ generalist graphic designers or illustrators to illustrate medical content. The lack of medical and scientific training can result in inaccuracies that misinform viewers.
At AXS Studio, we employ medically-trained illustrators who are able to depict medical content accurately and clearly. For our clients, this results in credible and effective images that speak to both lay and audiences and medical professionals.
While it is not a requirement to practice, certification ensures a professional standard has been met and maintained. A Certified Medical Illustrator (CMI) has passed examinations in business practices, ethics, biomedical science, and drawing skills, and has passed a rigorous portfolio review. Competencies are maintained by meeting continuing education requirements and must be renewed every five years. CMI certification is administered by the Board of Certification of Medical Illustrators and is based on standards established by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
This varies among providers and so does the quality of service and degree of content expertise. AXS Studio pricing includes project management, content research, preparatory sketches, 3D modeling, rendering and compositing.
You do not because we have in-house medical science expertise. Our artists have specialized postgraduate training in medical illustration, which includes courses in physiology, pathology, anatomy, cell and molecular biology. We have four Board Certified Medical Illustrators (CMIs) on staff and have been illustrating complex medical processes for a discerning healthcare professional audience for the past 15 years. While we’re always happy to work with content experts, it’s not a requirement.
We do not. All of our illustration is created in-house in our Toronto, Canada studio with qualified medical illustrators. This allows us tight control of quality and timelines, which is important when working toward fixed deadlines. As well, unlike many services that can be offshored to cut costs, quality medical illustration demands a high degree of specialized knowledge and training.
Our illustrators hold Master of Science, Biomedical Communications (M.Sc.BMC) degrees. This highly specialized training enables us to illustrate medical content more clearly and accurately than illustrators without proper medical training. There are businesses operating in Canada and the U.S. that produce illustration via lower-cost offshore producers. If you’re considering hiring one of these companies, we advise asking for information on their illustrators’ medical science qualifications.
We have some work that can be licensed for use. However, most of our medical illustrations were created custom for specific clients and are not for resale.
The same amount or work goes into a medical illustration whether or not it’s chosen by a publisher, therefore we do not discount the price for work that goes unpublished. Nor do most medical illustrators accept “spec” work. It is recommended to first pitch your concept to the publisher, with a sketch if feasible, before hiring a medical illustrator.
Illustrations and animations frequently use many of the same elements, including 3D models and rendering processes. Nonetheless, animation is more involved than illustration and takes longer to develop. When making an animation following an illustration, we factor the repurposed work into the animation cost.