Chest 102; Cetoscarus

19 Dec



Chest 102; Cetoscarus



I have been tiring of the dark, sometimes sinister images that have been emerging from my stable. This picture was part of a determination to make something more cheerful and in keeping with the spirit of the season.

For my base image, from which the shapes were taken, I used a photo taken at Dale Chihuly’s glass art exhibition in Boston. Those shapes were blended with sunlight reflected onto a screen from a glassy surface which produced interesting shapes. The two sets of shapes interact to produce a conflicting pattern, stable, yet ever changing like waving underwater seaweed. In the centre a fishy shape can be seen blending into the background. I have named the image for the parrotfish Cetoscarus which is mostly blue with pink markings – my fish is pink with blue markings – it’s chimes with the Australian habit of nicknaming redheads “Bluey”. Interestingly parrotfish species start life as females and mature in a more colourful phase to become male.

The Chest X-ray is much fragmented and adds to the network of lines already present in the image. It comes from a person with barotrauma during a diving accident. As the diver ascended from a depth more rapidly than he should, the change in pressure inside the lungs caused the little alveoli to expand till they burst like tiny balloons. This lead to a pneumothorax (air in the chest cavity compressing the lung) and embolism of air into the heart and blood vessels.

One of the problems with accessing teaching file X-rays for this series of pictures is that the outcome of the case is seldom available because interpretation of the image is considered most important part of the teaching. It would be nice to know whether this patient survived and what treatment was given.

Since we’re so close to the festive season I wish my blogging friends Very Merry Christmas or, as they say in the U S of A, “Happy Holidays!”

12 Responses to “Chest 102; Cetoscarus”

  1. kirsty warman December 19, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    Beautiful! So, vibrant. K

    • Xraypics December 19, 2013 at 11:28 am #

      Thankyou for the comment, Tony

  2. leecleland December 19, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    Certainly colourful, love the name and no I didn’t know about the parrot fish changing to more colourful males. The glass in the background is interesting with all the different flowing lines. Pink and lime green are not up there with my favourite colours but you have pulled it off with a balanced composition and keeping my eye inside the frame. I’ve ended up quite liking this despite my colour preferences.

    • Xraypics December 19, 2013 at 11:45 am #

      Thanks for the comment, it made me smile. I’m not known for my bright cheerful colours, but this one seems to have something, and i enjoyed doing it. Cheers, and compliments of the season, Tony

  3. leecleland December 19, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    Got carried away there, and forgot to say, Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, enjoy the season.

  4. Deanna Tennent Masterson December 19, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    I really like this cheerful you! So much to see in this lush image. Merry Christmas!

    • Xraypics December 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

      Thankyou so much, and the same to you this Christmas. Tony

  5. Green Cathedral of South Africa December 19, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    Indeed, before I forget: Merry Christmas, a great 2014 (and beyond) and a memorable festive season!

  6. burgessart December 19, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    Tony I am forever amazed at the textural richness of your art and descriptions……Merry Christmas to you and may 2014 be the best year of your life……so far!

    • Xraypics December 19, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

      Thankyou so much. I really appreciate that comment coming from you. Tony

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