Curves in the Ear by Kai-hung Fung
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"Curves in the Ear," by Kai-hung Fung

September 2, 2010
"Curves in the Ear"

This artistically rendered 3-D computed tomography (CT) scan highlights the beautiful curves in the center of the human ear. If you rotate the image in a clockwise direction by 90 degrees, you may map the image to the central upper part of the right ear. The orange contour lines represent the skin surface, apparently floating above the ear cartilage (in blue).

This artwork was created by Kai-hung Fung, a specialist in diagnostic radiology at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hong Kong SAR, China. Using 3-D CT scans of human anatomy, Fung digitally manipulates the scans into beautiful, artistic images.

Fung received recognition for his work in 2007, when his image "What Lies Behind our Nose?" won first place in photography in the International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge (SciVis) competition, created and sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the journal Science. The competition seeks to promote the use of visualization as a tool in communicating science, engineering and technology to the public and for education and journalistic purposes. For more information about SciVis, including competition guidelines, entry forms and past winners artwork, see the SciVis Special Report. [See more images by Kai-hung Fung Here.] (Date of Image: 2009)

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