Chest 115; Proteus

14 Jan
Chest 115; haemangioma C

Chest 115; Proteus

A haemangioma is a benign congenital tumour of blood vessels that can occur in any tissues of the body. Lung haematomas are quite rare and are found incidentally when an X-ray is taken for other reasons. The main problem is mistaken diagnosis as cancer of the lung. If large these blood vessel abnormalities can cause shunting of blood from the arterial to the venous system, and if the abnormal blood flow is large enough can cause the heart to fail.
If, as in this person, they occur in association with other tissue abnormalities particularly bone, fat, or lymphatics, the affected part can grow abnormally and distort the area concerned.
When other parts of the body are affected it is known as Proteus syndrome (Sometimes “Elephant Man Syndrome”), named after the Greek God Proteus who could morph his body into different shapes. This is an incurable condition and medical treatment is aimed at helping the symptoms.
This person had a haemangioma in the right lung associated with several others particularly in the right arm that distorted the arm growth into a highly visible deformity. This caused major psychological problems with social isolation, low self-esteem.
The picture combines the chest X-ray with a series of out-of-focus textures. Selected areas of the textural components were processed and edge-enhanced to produce the ribbon like lines.

I liked this cartoon from New Scientist (13 Dec 2014) with the little piece of text that went with it.

New Scientist

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5 Responses to “Chest 115; Proteus”

  1. leecleland January 14, 2015 at 7:05 pm #

    Striking image Tony and I like the edge effects a lot. Like also that you can laugh at yourself with the cartoon, I actually find your
    ‘explanatory text’ very informative and add to the whole.

  2. Anita C. Miller January 15, 2015 at 1:39 am #

    I love this image and find it beautiful and somewhat pastoral. You have a nice undercurrent of something nasty going on when I read the post. Especially with this image, I am hoping for a happy ending. Too simplistic… life is never that easy.

  3. burgessart January 28, 2015 at 6:18 pm #

    Wonderful image Tony!

    • Xraypics January 28, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

      Thanks mate, I haven;t looked at it for a couple of weeks, and reviewing it now, i still like it, which is not always the case. Great to have your endorsement. Tony

  4. elmediat March 12, 2015 at 12:15 am #

    Great visual composition – fascinating text.

    Your creations and the cartoon reminds me of a story a mother told me about her two kids. She took the them on a nature walk. The girl ended up doing a science project and the boy wrote a poem – the analytical explorer and the creative expressive. Not only did it demonstrate the too learning modalities, it squashed gender stereotyping. 😀

    BTW You obviously bridge the two modalities.

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