"Within One's Heart," by Kai-hung Fung
November 10, 2011
This artistically rendered 3-D computed tomography (CT) scan shows a view peeping in between the columns of muscle at the apex of the left ventricle of the human heart. The two rings above represent the aortic valve (left) and mitral valve (right). The left atrium is seen behind the mitral valve. The structure in green (bottom left) is the interventricular septum separating the right and left heart chambers. 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.
Topics: Human heart, Heart valve, Cardiovascular system, Heart chamber, Left heart, Interventricular septum, Aortic valve, Mitral valve, Fung