Aortic aneurysm. Coloured X-ray of the chest of a 68-year-old woman with an aortic aneurysm. An aneurysm is a swelling of an artery where the wall has weakened, here on the arch where the aorta, the body's main artery, exits the heart. This is seen on the X-ray as the rounded area at upper centre. If the aneurysm gives way, it can lead to rapidly fatal internal bleeding. Bones and organs seen include the ribs, lungs, heart, backbone and collar bones.
About the Artist -
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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