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Inside art

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 02 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d240
  1. Arpan K Banerjee, consultant radiologist, Heart of England Foundation NHS Trust, West Midlands
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This exhibition of art that exploits the latest radiographic techniques continues a tradition as old as radiography itself, says Arpan K Banerjee

Instead of using paint and brushes to depict life Franz Fellner, an Austrian radiologist at the general hospital in Linz, has used modern investigative radiological tools to create unique images of the human form and of inanimate objects. His exhibition, Ars Intrinsica, shows the inside of the human body in detail. These depictions of the internal organs, the brain, and the body’s vast network of arteries and veins are reminiscent of images from Andreas Vesalius’s great anatomical opus of 1543, De Humanis Corporis Fabrica.

Fellner has used the latest techniques in digital imaging, such as multislice computed tomography and diffusion and tensor weighted magnetic resonance imaging. Modern scanners allow fast, three dimensional visualisation of the internal organs …

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