Image of the Month
Every month we'll publish a new image taken by CABI researchers. Can you guess what it is?
WHAT: Muscle fibers of the heart
SIZE: Each thread is about 100 microns in diameter
IMAGE: Diffusion Tensor Magnetic Resonance Imaging (DT-MRI) 3D data set tracing muscle fibre orientation throughout the whole heart.
HOW: Using the restricted diffusion of water molecules within muscle cells we can sensitise the magnetic resonance signal to the orientation of the cell. This is because muscle cells are primarily orientated in a single direction - a property known as anisotropy.
USE: The structure/function relationship in the heart is highly interrelated. Any changes in muscle orientation strongly influence the cardiac output. Knowledge of fiber orientation therefore is a good indicator for cardiac therapy.
WHO: Laurence Jackson
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