Real-Time MRI Music Video (實時MRI音樂MV)

31 01 2013

Art + Music + Medicine + Technology  = one stunning music video!

Sivu, a UK based musician, laid in an MRI scanner while repeatedly singing his song “Better Man Than He” for 2-3 hours. The real-time MRI footage shows the sagittal section of Sivu’s head as his mouth and tongue move to each word. The video also shows the coronal passage and 3D volume rendering of his head.

Real-time MRI, a relatively new technique, allows the live capture of images of objects in motion and is being employed to study organs such as the heart, joint kinetics and complicated coordinated movements employed during speaking, swallowing and singing as seen here.

Sivu – Better Man Than He. from Adam Powell on Vimeo.

The music video was created by director Adam Powell with the help of doctors Marc E. Miquel and Andrew David Scott at Barts Hospital London.

[via Medgadget + Street Anatomy]





Resident Evil 6 Human Butcher Shop (惡靈古堡6人肉專賣店)

6 10 2012

To promote the release of Resident Evil 6, Capcom sponsored Wesker & Son Resident Evil Human Butchery in East London.

Once at the butchery, members of the public will be invited to sample and purchase a dizzying array of edible human limbs including hands, feet and a human head, which will be available to buy directly from the shop.  As well as these specially created products, gamers will be able to buy ‘Peppered Human & Lemon Sausages’ and ‘J’avo Caught Human Thigh Steaks’ along with some specially made pots of Red Herb and Green Herb.  All proceeds from the sale of the meat will be donated to the Limbless Association, which provides information and support to the limb-loss community.

In addition to the pop-up human butchery and morgue, Resident Evil fans will be invited to attend two days of lectures at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Pathology Museum, which have been designed to explore some of the themes in the game and their links to real life.

[via Neatorama + Street Anatomy]





Embodiment: A Luminous Glass Skeleton by Eric Franklin

8 04 2012

Portland-based sculptor, Eric Franklin constructs an anatomical study of the human body considering the mind and body as one entity out of flame-worked borosilicate glass filled with ionized krypton, causing it to glow like a neon light. Embodiment, handcrafted out of 10 separate glass units, took Franklin over 1,000 hours to produce in a two-year span. Franklin’s description of the painstaking process:

Every glass seal has to be perfect, and this piece contains hundreds. Everywhere one tube joins another, or a tube terminates, glass tubes were sealed together. They have to be perfect in order to preserve the luminosity of the krypton. If one rogue molecule gets inside the void of the glass tubing it can eventually contaminate the gas and it will no longer glow. There are times when the holes in the seals are so small that you cannot actually see them with your eyes without the help of a leak detector. Once the glass pieces are ready to get filled with gas, I pull a high vacuum while the glass is hot in order to evacuate any dust or water vapor from the interior surface until there are literally no molecules inside the void of the glass. Then the krypton can be introduced and the glass sealed off. It’s an extremely tedious process, one I have somewhat of a love/hate relationship with.

Photos by Brad Carlile.

See more of Eric Franklin’s work on his website.

[via  COLOSSAL]





Rapid Prototyped Auricular Mold (快速原型模型)

8 12 2011

Heavily inspired by the iRSM Digital Design in Facial Prosthetics workshop in Edmonton, Canada this summer, my classmate Lindsay and I conducted a study on rapid prototyping a digitally designed 3-piece auricular prosthesis mold. We utilized an iCAT to obtain DICOM files of our ear casts and patient treatment site.

The DICOM files were then imported into Materialise Mimics to mirror the existing ear to adapt to the treatment surface. It was then booleoned from a larger cylinder and digitally designed into a 3-piece auricular mold with keyways to ensure proper fitting. A workflow was then created for the digital fabrication of the mold utilizing Mimics.

The STL of the completed mold was sent to a ZPrinter 310 Plus to be rapid prototyped with a high composite powder and binder.

After printing, the mold was retrieved for postproduction work of drying, infiltrating with cyanoacrylate, and sanding for a final finish.

The prostheses fabricated from the rapid prototyped molds will be used to assess anatomical accuracies to the original ear casts and compared to the traditionally fabricated prostheses through wax sculpting. Another assessment will be made on time and cost effectiveness to determine its feasibility for clinical application.





新世界『透明標本』Iori Tomita’s New World Transparent Specimens

20 09 2011

新世界「透明標本」 – New World Transparent Specimens is an exhibition composed of specimens created using a preservation and dyeing technique typically used for scientific purposes to examine the skeletal system.

Tomita uses an enzyme to dissolve the natural proteins in the soft tissue. He then injects magenta dyes into the bones and blue dyes into the cartilages, highlighting the usually unseen internal structures. The creature is then preserved in a jar of glycerin.

Some of Tomita’s smaller specimens (fish, shrimp and squid) can actually be purchased in a few stores in Japan, but the larger specimens (lizards, birds and turtles) are only available in his exhibitions.

He has also published two books:  [新世界]透明標本“New World Transparent Specimens” with descriptions of over 50 species and 透明な沈黙 “Toumei na Chimmoku” with more stunning photographs woven together with the words of philosopher Wittgenstein.

Read and see more stunning creations on Tomita’s website!

[via gakuranman]

These transparent specimens reminded me of David’s fetal monkey!





Auricular Prosthesis (假耳)

7 05 2011

Special Topics in Anaplastology: Fabrication of an Auricular Prosthesis

Impression Making

Marking Frankfort horizontal for orientation of prosthesis on defect cast.

Impression Casting

Wax Sculpting

Mold Making

3 part mold with a wedge piece to prevent undercut behind helix.

Intrinsic Coloration & Mold Packing

Flocking – short colored fibers were added for a subtle color change and to mimic vasculature.

Base color – semi-opaque underlying skin tone; commonly identified from underside of the forearm, along the hairline, anterior to the tragus, and at the base of the helix.

Laminar glazes: pink blush, freckling, tan, highlight (cartilage), and shadow.

Trimming & Extrinsic Coloration

Trimming excess flash with scissors and smoothing helical seam with silicone bur.

Color matching for extrinsic coloration.

Extrinsic pigments added to medical adhesive moisture-cure silicone.

Deshine with confectioner sugar to alter the surface geometry of the silicone.

Once cured, rinse the sugar off with water.

Fabrication complete with piercing.





Ascending Colon (升結腸)

8 02 2011

Illustration Techniques Assignment 1

Objective: Produce a fully rendered, highly detailed anatomical line illustration done in Corel Painter 11 for publication in college textbook.