ANTOINE ROSSET / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ANTOINE ROSSET / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Chest and abdomen, CT scan. Coloured three- dimensional computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest and abdomen in frontal view. The image shows (top to bottom), rib cage, heart, kidneys, lower spine, aorta, pelvis and femur joints. This image was produced using a multi-slice CT scanner, which uses a thin X-ray beam to scan around the patient to create 'slices' of the body. A computer reconstructs the slices into coloured three- dimensional images including bones and soft tissue. A contrast agent, injected into the patient, enables blood vessels to be detected by the CT scanner. The surgeon can navigate through the data by using a 'fly-through' animation of the images. This image was created using OsiriX medical imaging software.
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