Happy Monday! Here's what the system that feeds blood to your brain looks like:
And here's the aorta, the largest artery in the human body, just casually working its way down from the left ventricle of the heart and moving some blood:
Cower in awe of your own circulatory system.
These weird-but-beautiful GIFs (and the ones below) come from General Electric's new Revolution CT scanner. X-ray computer tomography produces cross section x-rays of the body and puts them together into 3D images-- usually to look for tumors, bone fractures, tissue death, and bleeding. And unlike MRIs, CT scans are safe for patients with metal bits (like pacemakers and artificial joints) inside them.
But traditional CT scanners require that a patient stay very, very still in order to receive clear images. When GE announced the Revolution CT scanner last year, the company claimed that its use of high-speed imaging and image stabilization would make the process quicker and sharper.
GE announced in a recent blog post that the first six-month clinical trial of the machine has been a success, and the company took the opportunity to show off some of the impressive images it's produced. See more below:
THIS IS WHAT THE BIGGEST ARTERY IN YOUR BODY LOOKS LIKE. Plus some kidneys.
And more glamor shots of the Circle of Willis, which keeps your brain well-fed with blood: