Pinned broken knee. Coloured X-ray of a plate and pins in a broken tibia (shin bone), in the knee joint of a 42-year-old man. The femur (thigh bone) is at top, and the fibula is at lower right. The tibia had been fractured through both the lateral and medial tibial plateaus (where the tibia forms part of the knee joint). On the scale used to assess damage to the tibial plateau, it was diagnosed as a Schatzker V fracture. The pins and screws were inserted to hold the bone together while it healed. This injury was sustained following a cycling accident.
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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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