V is for Valvular replacement

10 May
V is for Valvular replacement J

V is for Valvular replacement

 

It was in the early 1970s that I took part in a student elective at the cardiac surgery unit in Glasgow, Scotland, where I was able to watch replacements of mitral valves with prosthetic valves; a technique that was cutting edge at the time. This is now a frequent and standard practice offered in many hospitals around the world, but at that time open-heart surgery was new, exciting and almost miraculous. The first successful human cardiac transplant had occurred only a few years before in 1967. The valve-replacement patients woke up with huge amounts of anticoagulants on board that made them bruise very easily, and a heart valve that kept them awake at nice with its incessant click, click, click… I was surprised at how difficult it was actually to see this great lump of stainless steel ring on a Chest X-ray.

This picture contains a young person who had mitral valve disease brought about by rheumatic fever, with a valve replacement. The valve is visible on the image. I superimposed it on a photo of the lid of a Shred-X bin and overlaid it with a dark sparkly plastic reflecting the light in a myriad of circles radiating out of the chest X-ray.

This picture didn’t seem to flow as easily as previous ones, probably because I am thinking too much about it. I have landed with two points of focus, though it is difficult to know how to correct that.

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3 Responses to “V is for Valvular replacement”

  1. davidtripp May 10, 2016 at 11:34 pm #

    I really do like this composition, but sympathize with your sentiments of dissatisfaction stemming from “thinking too much.” But as for a fresh set of eyes, I like those diagonal slashes coming from the right, contrasting with those flowing, rhythmic lines. And I’m always a sucker for warm/cool contrast, which this work does very pleasingly. So glad to look at your work.

  2. annerose May 11, 2016 at 8:37 am #

    Hi Tony, I really like this quick series. They may not be as fully realized as your previous work , but you will learn so much, and they are fresh and good.

    • Xraypics May 11, 2016 at 8:45 am #

      Thankyou, they are fun, and as you say, fresh. It’s an enjoyable experience.

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