This week Professor Vesna addressed the role of medicine, the technologies surrounding the medical field, and how the two are related to the world of art. The development of X-rays, CT scans, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines have become a modern day necessity for injuries and finding significant medical issues, such as concussions and finding cancerous tumors. I want to specifically discuss the role that medical machines have significantly developed over time into becoming an integral part of society today.
X-rays are an intrinsic part of our society and used in a plethora of medical situations. Additionally, the creation of x-rays has allowed for it to be implemented in every day life, not only constricted to the medical field. With relation to art, x rays have allowed for artists to delve into new depths of the human body and art, but it can also be used on other everyday materials such as the clothing (seen in the picture).
Secondly, CT scans have become imperative in the imaging of brain function, specifically analyzing potential concussions or tumors. In the art world, CT scans can be seen through Kai-Hung Fung who adds color to the scans themselves, which provide a “rainbow technique”. He allows the images to stand alone, as they are poignant and depicting an individuals brain function.
Lastly, MRI’s are an integral creation and used for a countless number of medical concerns. MRI’s have been able to discover tumors and other serious medical diagnosis. Angela Palmer has taken MRI scans to an elevated art form as she layers glass sheets on top of one another, each with an individual MRI image to create a representation of the imaging which takes place.
All three technologies have had a great impact in our medical world, as well as have allowed for individuals to artistically develop works based off of the development within the medical field.
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