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A Human Nose Like You Have Never Seen It January 25, 2008

Posted by Mrs Weird Scientist in Diseases, Easy As Pie, Human Body.
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CT Scan of Human Nose

Credit: Dr Kai-hung Fung of Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Hong Kong.

Who would have imagined that the examination of a 33-year-old Chinese woman for thyroid disease would result in the picture shown above? Dr Kai-hung Fung was a co-winner in the photography category for the 2007 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. The contest is sponsored by the journal Science and the National Science Foundation. The picture is actually a computed tomography (CT) scan image that shows the intricate parts of the human nose. Fung described why he chose to use this particular woman for the scan:

[She had] a very straight nasal septum and wavy maxillary sinuses. The anatomy was exceptionally beautiful.

To actually create the stunning image, Fung layered 182 CT images to create the multi-dimensional image you see above, where you’re actually looking upward at the sinuses from underneath the head. If you’re curious to see other winning pictures and read all about the contest, you can see more here.

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