12 May

XO and X-ray J


For this challenge it would have been too obvious to put in “X for X-ray” (I could have chosen any one of hundreds). However Turner’s syndrome came to mind and the index X-ray is a child with this condition.

Most people are born with two chromosomes that control gender; XY for males, and XX for females. Children with Turner’s syndrome are born with a single X chromosome (termed X0). They grow up to look like girls, but without normal female characteristics like breast development, and are infertile. Although most Turners children have normal intelligence they are characteristically short with a webbed neck, and there are several congenital abnormalities that may accompany the condition.

This girl was born with a narrowing of the main blood vessel to the body, the aorta, known as coarctation and had other cardiac defects. The aorta normally forms an arch like a walking stick, but on X-ray of children with coarctation the outline forms a figure 3. Because the flow through the aorta is obstructed by the narrowing this causes strain on the heart.

In a district hospital in 1977 without cardiac facilities a beautiful two year old girl from a farm some distance away was admitted in a collapsed state. She went suddenly and rapidly into heart failure and nothing we were able to do could revive her. She died within two hours. I well remember her parent’s devastation and my own feeling of inadequacy. She had undiagnosed Turners syndrome with coarctation. This condition can now be diagnosed early, usually antenatally, with modern facilities. The child can be seen and treated by experts; the situation I was exposed to shouldn’t happen nowadays.

In this picture I have tried to show the dichotomy of the chromosomes by dividing the X-ray onto a background of a landscape with marmalade skies, and to show the heart strain this condition can cause.

To obtain the colours I used a combination of blue (water) and orange (orange peel) with a DIFFERENCE filter and the background texture came from the wizened bark of a tree. It was overlain with the landscape and divided by two segmented images taken from the X-ray.



6 Responses to “XO”

  1. 文正基입니다. May 13, 2016 at 10:39 am #

    this great.. mtks 문정기 James G Moon, PhD `새터민, 고려인과 힘께 하는 안산시민 통일염원 공감 콘서트` 조직위원장 010-3011-7000 jgmoon11@naver.com jgmoon11.blog.me jamesgmoon@twitter, facebook

  2. leecleland May 13, 2016 at 10:03 pm #

    Interesting, how often do I say that about the info you supply with your images 🙂

    • Xraypics May 13, 2016 at 11:07 pm #

      Thankyou. The words are part of the art, they go together but maybe I need to be just a little less verbose. – ? –

      • leecleland May 14, 2016 at 7:55 pm #

        No, no, no I love the words they DO go with the ART and I love the whole explanation, please don’t cut back!

      • Photobooth Journal March 24, 2018 at 3:59 pm #

        I agree with leecleland!

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