56-day-old Embryo (Micro-MRI)

56-day-old Embryo (Micro-MRI)

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Caption: Computer generated image reconstructed from Micro-MRI, actual size of embryo = 30.0 mm - This left-sided image of the embryo at eight weeks of development has been altered so that the skin has a whitish-translucent appearance and the major organs are highlighted in pink, with the major blood vessels emphasized in red. The age is calculated by the day of fertilization. The image also provides the opportunity to view the internal organs of the embryo within the context of its body form. It can be seen from this image that the brain in the head region and the liver in the lower part of the body occupy the greatest portion embryos body mass. The skeletal structure is slightly hinted in white, as the image reveals the ridges of the vertebrae and outlines of the fingers and toes. Image from the book From Conception to Birth: A Life Unfolds.

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Keywords: anatomy, development, embryo, embryology, embryonic development, embryos, fetus, foetal development, foetus, foetuses, human body, human embryo, human embryos, micro mri, micro mris, micro-mri, micro-mris, somite, somites

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