Chest 88; My Celia

25 Sep

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What are the roles of fungi in nature? To provide a source of food, to decompose and recycle organic matter. Some fungi live together with other organisms in a symbiotic relationship. Other fungi such as penicillin fight disease, and still others cause disease. There are over 1.5 million species of fungus however only about 5% have been formally classified.

One that is well known is the aspergillus genus that causes the black spots of mildew on walls. It also infects human sinuses, and cavities in the lung. The index Chest X-ray is from a lady with aspergillosis and a collapsed lung caused by a ball of fungal mycelia – a mycetoma – growing in the main bronchus. It often causes a mass to grow inside a lung cavity and classically shows as a crescent or a halo of air.

Sufferers will frequently say that their diagnosis was delayed because the symptoms resemble other conditions like asthma and bronchitis. Once it is diagnosed it can be difficult to treat. This is a life changing and a life threatening condition. Worst of all, friends and family have seldom heard about it, don’t understand; don’t know how to react, or what to say. Finding support is difficult and depression is a frequent consequence.

In this image layers include fungi growing in garden mulch, water, and sky. The chest X-ray was segmented and much information discarded leaving only interesting textural components.

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5 Responses to “Chest 88; My Celia”

  1. leecleland September 20, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    Tony, I really enjoy your X-ray images and the dialogue explaining them. Love the vibrant colours whether for hope or dis-ease, as there is generally one area of the image I’d love to see as a fabric. This one has it in spades.

    • Xraypics September 20, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

      Thankyou so much. I have sometimes thought about printing all or part of my images onto silk but have no idea how to go about it. For the encouragement, thanks. I’ll look into it. By the way, I’ve been admiring your quilting. Not usually my scene, but the choice of colour and the amount of hard work that goes into them is something. Tony

      • leecleland September 20, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

        They would look amazingly lustrous on silk, but could be expensive. Quilters cotton would look nearly as good – there is a website where they print your own designs onto fabric in small quantities. Supposed to be good, will see if I can find where I put that info.

      • leecleland September 22, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

        Found the sites – http://www.spoonflower.com custom prints onto all sorts of different fabric including silk and they will do metres. Their website gives prices etc. I’ve heard they are good. No idea of freight to Oz.
        The one I’ve use for A4 size fabric printed on an inkjet printer at home is http://www.accraft.com.au very simple for small sizes. I bought my pack of 10 sheets at a Craft Fair in Brisbane 2 years ago. Hope that helps if you decide to dabble a bit, lee

      • Xraypics September 23, 2013 at 6:38 am #

        Thankyou so much Lee, I’ll explore and experiment. Tony

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