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About Us

Kryski Biomedia is a professional biomedical illustration and animation studio in Toronto, Canada.

We create accurate and effective illustrations and animations for biological, medical, scientific and technical projects and publications, whether for print format (books, magazines, journals, pamphlets, posters, exhibits, etc.) or digital format (web, projection, DVDR).

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We have expertise in anatomy, physiology, cellular biology, pathology, zoology, natural science, and data visualization. See our Creative Products page for more information.

Our clients include doctors and health care professionals, scientists, authors, journal and book publishers, educational and consumer health media developers, lawyers and law firms, marketing and communications agencies, and pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

Kryski Biomedia was founded in 2011 by Diana Kryski. Ms. Kryski holds a Master of Science in Biomedical Communications degree from the University of Toronto, and has 19 years of experience creating custom art and illustrations, in both traditional and digital media, for a variety of clients.

Diana Kryski, BA, MScBMC

Founder and Principal

Diana is the resident medical illustrator, art director, general illustrator and cartoonist here at Kryski Biomedia. She emphasizes originality, draftsmanship, and research alongside her knowledge of clinical anatomy, physiology, and pathology to produce accurate images with clarity and elegance.

Diana has 19 years of experience creating custom art and illustrations, in both traditional and digital media, for a variety of clients. In 2008, Diana received her Master’s degree in Biomedical Communications at the University of Toronto, where she was recognized for excellence in biomedical visualization, leadership, and professionalism.

Among her medical illustration career adventures, a few stand out. Diana has taught forensic anthropology students at the University of Toronto how to create effective forensic evidence presentations for the courtroom. She was invited by the Vesalius Trust to present her research project on three-dimensional learning of complex anatomy at an annual Association of Medical Illustrators conference. She spent over three years at a top medico-legal illustration studio in Toronto, drawing the anatomy, injuries and treatments for personal injury and medical malpractice cases. She founded Kryski Biomedia in January of 2011.

Education

Present: Part-time studies at the Academy of Realist Art, Toronto

2008: Master of Science in Biomedical Communications, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto

2006: Hon. Bachelor of Arts in Visual Studies and French as a Second Language, High Distinction, Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto


Illustrations Published In

Colman, R., and R. Somogyi, eds. 2008. The Toronto notes for medical students 2008. Toronto: The Toronto Notes for Medical Students, Inc.

Dugani, S., and J. So, eds. 2007. University of Toronto Medical Journal. 85(1).

Klavora, P., ed. 2010. Foundations of Exercise Science, 2nd ed. Toronto: Sport Books Publisher.

Le, T., and V. Bhushan, eds. 2013. First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2013: A Student-to-Student Guide. New York: McGraw Hill Medical.

Lincoln, M., et al., eds. 2010. Essentials of clinical examination handbook, 6th ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Medical Society.

Matshes, E. et al. 2012. “Skull base fractures are markers of severe head trauma in first two years of life.” Academic Forensic Pathology. 2(4).

Pollard, B.A., and V.W.S. Chan. 2009. An introductory curriculum for ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Pollard, B.A. 2011. Ultrasound Guidance for Vascular Access and Regional Anesthesia. Ultrasonix Medical Corporation.


Awards

2008: Interactive Media Award of Merit (Student), for A Web-based, three-dimensional model of the pterygopalatine fossa for medical students, Association of Medical Illustrators Salon, Indianapolis

2008: Interactive Media Award of Merit (Student), with Yona Gellert, for A Flash-based non-linear demonstrative evidence presentation for mock personal injury trial (defendant), Association of Medical Illustrators Salon, Indianapolis

2008: Vesalian Scholar, Vesalius Trust for Visual Communication in the Health Sciences, awarded by the Board of Governors of the Association of Medical Illustrators

2008: Eila I. Ross Scholarship for excellence in leadership and professionalism, Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto

2008: Artery Studios Award for excellence in visualization of demonstrative evidence, Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto

2007: B.C. Decker Award for excellence in 3D visualization, Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto

2006: Institute of Medical Science Entrance Scholarship, University of Toronto

2006: Silver Medal for Visual Studies, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto


Master's Research Project

in Biomedical Communications (2008)

Title: Enhancing medical students’ spatial understanding of complex gross anatomy with a web-based, three-dimensional model of the pterygopalatine fossa

Supervisors: Jodie Jenkinson and Michael J. Wiley

Click the image below to view the 3D pterygopalatine fossa learning tool.

© Diana Kryski

ABSTRACT

A web-based interactive 3D model of the pterygopalatine fossa (PPF) and related neurovascular structures was developed, to compare the effectiveness of active rotation against still images for enhancing undergraduate medical students’ spatial understanding of the PPF. This understanding is important to physicians’ diagnosis and treatment of disease conditions involving the PPF, such as the perineural spread of tumor. Using a 3D animation software, the boundaries of the PPF were isolated within a digital 3D model of the skull, and neurovascular structures were modeled, including the trigeminal ganglion, maxillary division and branches, pterygopalatine ganglion, and maxillary artery and branches. Users can control the rotational view, opacity of layers, visibility of nerves and arteries, and structure labeling. An identical module with still images from five views (rotation disabled) was developed for comparison. Participants in medicine and anatomy were assigned to the Control (static view) or Experimental (rotatable view) groups, completed a knowledge test on PPF anatomy, were exposed to their assigned module, and completed a similar post-test. The mean gain score (δ between pre- and post-test scores) for each group was compared.  While the Experimental group achieved a significantly higher actual gain score than the Control group did, their mean percent of maximum possible gain (POMP) score was not significantly higher. There was a significant mean increase in score from pre-test to post-test for both the Experimental and Control groups, suggesting that both treatments are highly effective at teaching the spatial anatomy of the PPF.