Chest 160; OWR

16 Feb

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Whilst not primarily a chest disease, Osler Weber Rendu (Otherwise known as Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia) is a rare genetic condition of the arteries that may manifest anywhere in the body. In this disorder, the switch that controls blood-vessel growth cannot spontaneously turn off. Abnormal clusters and knots of vessels form. People with this condition often have small blood vessel malformations that cause red or purple spots on the lips or tongue. These are telangiectasia, sometimes known as birthmarks, and are commonly seen in other conditions.

The walls of the abnormal vessels are thin, weak, and fragile, and easily bleed after minor trauma. Internal blood-pressure may make them blow up like a small balloon called an aneurysm.

Millions of fine capillaries in normal lungs act to filter out any blood clots that may arise in the body. In OWR abnormal connections can also occur between arteries and veins that allow blood to shunt from one to the other. In this way, blood clots normally filtered in the lungs may cross over into the arterial system. Blood-flow then sweeps them along to lodge elsewhere in the body, including the brain where they block an artery causing a stroke.

The chest X-ray in this image comes from a person with this condition. I have retained quite a lot of the original X-ray in the picture and the complex blood vessels remain visible. People may carry the gene for the condition and never express it, and so it is impossible to know who carries this. I have therefore included several people in a crowd to represent the random nature of genetic conditions generally, and in the background complex pipework in a factory with valves and dials represent the arteries and veins of the body.

 

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13 Responses to “Chest 160; OWR”

  1. Photobooth Journal February 16, 2017 at 4:02 pm #

    Fascinating details about the condition. This artwork would look amazing on a huge scale in a big art gallery, Tony.

    • Xraypics February 16, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

      Thankyou so much. In 2018 I am scheduled to have a solo exhibition in Townsville. On the strength of your kind comment I will include this one. The pictures will be printed A1 size which is fairly impressive, maybe just for this it might be good to get a double size! Ciao!

      • Photobooth Journal February 17, 2017 at 11:01 am #

        That is fantastic! Will it be your first exhibition?

      • Xraypics February 17, 2017 at 4:24 pm #

        Thanks, no, I had a small one here before, and a fairly substantial one in Brisbane. One thing I learned, you will never get rich on your exhibitions! But a radiology department in Darwin, and in Townsville now exhibit my pictures, so they are getting out and being seen, so that’s something at least.

      • Photobooth Journal February 17, 2017 at 7:25 pm #

        No, no money in art. A lot of pleasure in the making is rewarding. I imagine the growing appreciation of your work is better payment than money?

      • Xraypics February 17, 2017 at 9:50 pm #

        You put it so well. There’s nothing nicer than to see one’s art hanging on someone’s wall. Especially when it is unexpected. That growing appreciation is a massive reward. The pleasure of making art keeps me going.

  2. Playamart - Zeebra Designs February 16, 2017 at 10:52 pm #

    Osler Weber Rendu (Otherwise known as Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia)

    Wow; you continue to broaden our knowledge while treating us to interesting designs. The vertical areas thrust up like trees! yes, this is a very interesting image.

    • Xraypics February 17, 2017 at 8:31 am #

      Thankyou. For me the words are part of the artwork. My life has been centred on images and text for so long that it is impossible to separate them. WordPress is giving me problems today, I have had to type this about five times. I’m giving up the unequal struggle – for now

  3. Jörg Kruth March 18, 2017 at 2:45 am #

    I like this one Tony, melting together with the people. Great!

    • Xraypics March 18, 2017 at 6:57 am #

      Thankyou Jorge. Have a good weekend!

  4. burgessart March 27, 2017 at 11:12 am #

    Hi Tony, At first it reminds me of a Francis Bacon painting which I could only hope to achieve. Best wishes Robert.

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