Description This pair of images shows a human heart from the front (left) and back (right). This special imaging technique4D flow MRIcaptures the hearts blood flow at a single moment in time. The blood colored red is full of oxygen, flowing out to the rest of the body, while the blood colored blue is returning to be re-oxygenated by the lungs. With this technique, researchers can measure the speed and patterns of this flow: yellow and orange streaks move faster than dark red; pale blue moves faster than dark blue. They are examining this particular heart because the patient had surgery (on a heart defect) and they want to help monitor their heart health.
These images stem from cutting-edge research on campus, winning our annual Scientific Images Contest which goes on display in galleries across Chicago.
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