15 Excellent Examples of Medical Animation Videos & Why They Work

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15 Excellent Examples of Medical Animation Videos & Why They Work


Medical animation refers to a medical video that is made around a surgical or physiological subject and rendered using different types of animation and computer graphics – including 2D and 3D animation.

Medical animation videos are of various types and used for a wide array of purposes. The field has substantially evolved over the last few years and you are likely to find a range of cutting-edge 2D and 3D medical animation videos or interactive videos that help simplify complex subjects, promote products or explain the workings of a medical device.

It is no secret that the audio-visual medium of communication has surpassed the traditional text-based mode of communication and today’s audiences tend to react much better and absorb more information when presented through videos. The same logic or reasoning applies to the medical and healthcare industry, too. Whether you are communicating with a medical science student, a patient, a manufacturer or a doctor – videos made with high-quality animation and sound design can really make a massive difference.

What are medical animation videos used for?

Medical animation videos are generally used by the following people or setups:

  • Hospitals, clinics and other healthcare setups
  • Doctors and surgeons
  • Pharmaceutical companies and drug manufacturers
  • Medical college professors and students
  • Biotech companies
  • Medical equipment manufacturers

The aforementioned entities use animated medical videos for a variety of purposes, including the following:

  • Patient education
  • Health and disease awareness
  • Medical eLearning
  • Surgical training
  • Medical sales training
  • Emergency care education
  • Medical simulation of anatomical or surgical concepts
  • Promotion, advertising or marketing of medical products and solutions

2D and 3D medical animation videos are also commonly used to explain complex subjects or demonstrate the workings of the human body, organs, medications and surgical devices.

15 of the best medical animation video examples

1. Stryker Foot and Ankle | EasyClip® SI System Animation

This simple medical product animation demonstrates how the EasyClip SI System facilitates easy and quick fixation in a variety of applications. It provides the user with the benefits and specifications with the help of visual aids and voiceover.



2. Medtronic MiniMed – How does the MiniMed 640G insulin pump work?

As the title of the video suggests, this medical product animation demonstrates the functionality of the insulin pump and its key features through simple graphics, graphs, background music and a voiceover.



3. WATCHMAN™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device – Treatment Animation

Another medical device animation video that provides an animated overview of how a specific treatment is carried out, this one shows the entire procedure and how the device is used. It explains how the implant works by using animated illustrations.



4. Cardiva VASCADE® Animation

This medical animation video explains how the extravascular design delivers a thrombogenic resorbable collagen patch to safely and securely close the artery, leaving no intravascular components behind.



5. Lapro-Shark™ – Laparoscopic Port Site Closure Device – Instructional Video

The video explains the entire procedure that is followed while using the laparoscopic port site closure device for trocar sites that are greater than 10 mm. The use of animation and voiceover makes the device demonstration very effective and easy to understand.



6. Knee Surgery | Torn ACL | Nucleus Health

An ACL tear is a common occurrence and needs to be treated in the right manner for it to heal properly. This 3D medical animation video with voiceover explains the torn ACL treatment procedure by demonstrating what happens internally and how doctors operate on the ligament rehabilitation.



7. The Human Digestive System

The human digestive system is quite complex and difficult to understand – but this video makes it fairly easy for anyone to comprehend how it works. It shows how the food passes through various internal organs, gets processed and subsequently gets digested, by using a good mix of animation, text and voiceover.



8. SmartCage-L&SmartFix

This 3D medical video shows how the spine correction process is carried out using the SmartSpine expandable TLIF cage and other tools and techniques.



9. What is Cancer?

We’ve all heard it before and it is a term used often in daily parlance, but not many people know what cancer really means and how it spreads. This 3D medical animation depicts the growth of a tumor and explains how it can spread or grow uncontrollably.



10. Cameron Underwood Face Transplant Surgical Animation 2018

This is a good example of an animated surgery video and a really complex subject being made easy to understand using animation. The surgical procedure video shows a detailed virtual representation of a partial facial reconstruction and jaw transplant that was carried out on a real-life patient.



11. Conventional CPR Overview

Knowing, learning and understanding Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or CPR is extremely important to handle emergency situations. This video by Zoll Medical demonstrates how conventional CPR works and also touches upon some of its inherent inefficiencies.



12. What Is a Defibrillator How Does It Work?

This medical device animation video relies on minimalistic animation and an effective voiceover to explain how it works.



13. How does the Stomach Function?

Ever wondered exactly how the stomach and digestive system in your body works? Well, this medical video shows just that and uses illustrations and animation to good effect.



14. Human Circulatory System

Here is a medical animation video that is simplistic yet very effective. It progresses at a steady pace and explains the working of the human heart using illustrations, text, sound effects and voiceover.



15. Phonak Audéo B-R Rechargeable Hearing Aid

This one definitely ranks amongst one of the best medical animation videos out there and it is our favourite, too, for good reason. The hearing aid device is showcased in detail within minutes, touching upon the key features of the product and highlighting each internal part of the machine using quality animation. The powerful voiceover and background music add to the impact of the medical product video.



Toolbox Studio is widely acknowledged as a leader in healthcare and medical animation videos. Using the audio-visual medium, our animation experts bring complex concepts, medical sciences, products, devices, procedures and processes to life with complete accuracy and high quality. Having been around for over 10 years, we have catered to leading healthcare service providers, pharma companies, medical institutions and hospitals with world-class medical animation solutions.




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