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Cosmic Lungs by Kai-hung Fung
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"Cosmic Lungs," by Kai-hung Fung

September 2, 2010
"Cosmic Lungs"

This artistically rendered 3-D computed tomography (CT) scan shows the human lungs in the center with the viewer looking from the top. The rest of the body is digitally removed. The cushion on the CT table (left) and the blankets covering the subject (right) represent the cosmic clouds. Note the fine branches of the upper lobe bronchi within the lungs (orange). The airway is seen between the lungs.

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)