Sunday, July 3, 2016

Week 2: Medtech + Art

One of the top Google searches for the topic medicine, technology and art is an article about how visual art meets medical technology. In this article, it briefs over a breakdown of how art plays a role in plastic surgery. Doctors used a body of a murder and cut up his body to over one thousand “creosections” and analyzed each part as if it were a piece of art. From there, they would reconfigure the body parts to essentially perfect the human body. Just like that this process quickly turns from a medical procedure to that of an art form. Additionally, doctors also use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to create portraits of the human body, which lead to the realization of a “huge potential in a poetic subversion of medical imaging.” This example further speaks to the crossover between medicine, technology and art and how each element relies on one another to advance.
MRI of Human Body

Another instance of the there components intertwining with one another is “chromesthesia.” Only 1 in 3,000 individuals have chromethesia and one individual talks about his experience and noted while he “hearing Wagner’s Lohengrin: ‘I saw all my colors in spirit, before my eyes. Wild, almost crazy lines were sketched in front of me.’” Essentially, patients with chromesthesia utilize art to describe their medical case as opposed to using medical technology.
Illustration fo Chromaesthesia

It is very evident through these examples of how art plays an important role towards the advancement in medical technology. With that said, there is no doubt that art and medicine will coincide with one another moving forward. Recently, a college student utilized a 3D printer to create a fully functional brace that worked perfectly. The image below illustrates how each aligner had to be designed and how the slightest of details had to be taken into consideration prior to printing.

Design of the Brace for 3D printing


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Boyle, Gerry. “The Intersection of Art and Medicine.” Colby Magazine. N.p., 19 Feb. 2015. Web. 3 July, 2016.

Lynch, Alison. “Student 3D-printed His Own Braces and Saved around $7,950.” Metro Student 3Dprinted His Own Braces and Saved Around7950 Comments. N.p., 18 Mar. 2016. Web. 3 July, 2016.

Palmer, Stephen E. “What Color is This Song? – Issue 26: Color – Nautilus.” Nautilus, N.p., 16 July 2015. Web. 3 July, 2016.

Tyson, Peter. “The Hippocratic Oath Today.” PBS. PBS, 27 Mar. 2001. Web. 3 July 2016.


“Complete Real MRI Scan the Upper Part of the Human Body.” 123RF Stock Photos. N.p. n.d. Web. 3 July 2016.

“Friday Funkbox.” Friday Funkbox. N.p. 14 July 2013. Web. 3 July 2016.

MacDonald, Fiona. “A College Student Has 3D-printed His Own Braces for Less than $60.” Science Alert, 21 Mar. 2016. Web. 3 July 2016.

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