Chinese ceramic, cardiac failure and chlamydia pneumonia

21 Apr

Chinese ceramic and chlamydia J

Challenge “C”

The base image in this was a photograph of a Chinese ceramic with wonderful organic shapes and swirls. This was copied, blurred and separate density ranges selected. These were given different treatments placed in a variety of layers.

The X-ray included shows a person with Chlamydia pneumonia and cardiac failure. Chlamydia pneumoniae (Chlamydophila) is a strange organism somewhere between a virus and a bacterium. It is an obligate intracellular pathogen with a complicated life cycle. It cannot reproduce on its own but must enter a cell and take over the process of the cell in order to replicate. It then kills the cell and is released into the tissues where the new organisms infect new host-cells. There’s a change in the organism’s structure between inside the cell and when it is released it becomes an “elementary body” this is the seed that is transmitted to another person who breathes it in, and they become infected. It infects a variety of animals, but the first known human case was from Taiwan (hence the link with Chinese ceramic). It is common cause of community acquired pneumonia worldwide. As a complication there is an association with both with asthma, also coronary artery disease leading to cardiomyopathy and cardiac failure.


4 Responses to “Chinese ceramic, cardiac failure and chlamydia pneumonia”

  1. leecleland April 22, 2016 at 9:28 am #

    Love the connections and where you are heading with this series Tony. Looking forward to more.

    • Xraypics April 22, 2016 at 4:12 pm #

      Hoping to do roughly one a day for the whole alphabet. it’s going to be a challenge. Thanks so much for your comment.

      • leecleland April 23, 2016 at 11:38 am #

        One a day will be a challenge but interesting what you will learn from the constant thinking about the series. Looking forward to seeing them all.

  2. sedge808 April 22, 2016 at 1:26 pm #

    this is so cool.

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