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Y is for a Young infant

14 May
Y for Young Infant J

Y is for Young Infant

So this challenge has been a particularly hard one for me. I thought about Y chromosome deletions but I’ve already done that (X0), or Yeast infections (Thrush). I also wondered about Yersinia infection. I worked for a while with a tiny Jewish guy who ran the laboratory. When I knew him, he seemed to be about a hundred years old. He couldn’t have been because he had a lovely wife who also worked in his laboratory. He described human infection with Yersinia pseudotuberculosis in the United Kingdom. It is implicated, (but as far as I know it’s not proven) in Crohns disease as Yersinia enterocolitica and of course Plague (otherwise known as Black Death)as Yersinia pestis. But I digress.

I decided to use Young Infant as the index term. I worked with infants for about six months before moving to radiology. As a consultant, newborns and their diagnostic problems were part of my daily work for many years. Infant X-rays strike terror into the hearts of trainees; there’s no good reason why they should. There are only a limited number of conditions that affect infants. So I break the diagnostic process into segments by age, clinical presentation, and so on, to try and simplify things for them.

The infant in this image taken at 2 hours of age was a very young preterm born at 30 weeks almost ten weeks too early. He developed many of the complications of prematurity such as hyaline membrane disease, but survived due to the skill of the neonatal paediatric team.



Black and White with a bit of colour

20 Dec

I have missed out a couple of posts but the artwork is incomplete and I want to work on them a little more.

Here is my latest, it was inspired by a gallery in town that was asking artists to submit images with the title Black and White. I started working on it but somehow time got away with me, and anyway colour crept into the image.

The background consists of reflections of the sun on a sheet of X-ray film that we had been using to shield our eyes when looking at the 2012 eclipse. They fell on a sheet of paper producing beautiful waves of the sea patterns. The overlying X-ray image came from a premature baby boy with premature lung – hyaline membrane disease. This is caused by a lack of surfactant in the air spaces of the lung which, when in the womb, are filled with amniotic fluid in which the baby floats. From the sea we come, thence we long to return.

I love the feeling of a simple Japanese woodblock print imparted by this image. The inner frame has the impression of looking out through a secure window onto the sea through a fancy grille; security bars turned art-form. The linearity itself assumes the shape of a sea-creature, a crab perhaps, whilst retaining the familiar outlines of the natant chest X-ray.


Chest 37; Eclipse Wave

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