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Photo prize for virtual autopsies

Anders Persson, a Swedish radiologist, will receive the 10th Lennart Nilsson Award, one the world's most prestigious award in scientific and medical photography, on October 28, 2008. Persson received this prize for his innovative techniques for capturing 3-D images inside the human body. 'These new techniques have proven particularly useful for post-mortem imaging, providing invaluable information for forensic investigation.' Read more for a selection of scary and spectacular pictures...

Anders Persson, a Swedish radiologist, will receive the 10th Lennart Nilsson Award, one the world's most prestigious award in scientific and medical photography, on October 28, 2008 . Persson received this prize for his innovative techniques for capturing 3-D images inside the human body. 'These new techniques have proven particularly useful for post-mortem imaging, providing invaluable information for forensic investigation.' Read more for a selection of scary and spectacular pictures...

Persson virtual autopsy photo #1

Here is a first example of one Anders Persson photo. (Credit for all pictures in this post: Anders Persson) Persson is "Director of the Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV) at Linköping University and the University Hospital in Linköping, Sweden, where he has developed 3-D imaging technology with considerable success."

Persson virtual autopsy photo #2

You can see above a second photo from Persson. With his colleagues, they "produce their images of the inside of the human body using a combination of imaging techniques including magnetic resonance, ultrasound and positron emission tomography. After capturing these initial images, Persson compiles them into pictures of great clarity that are rich in data. The CMIV’s techniques open up completely new avenues for forensic medical experts to conduct analyses that are much quicker and simpler than conventional methods."

Persson virtual autopsy photo #3

And above you can see two more shots taken by Persson's team. You can see higher resolution of all the above pictures -- and more -- by checking this page about the Lennart Nilsson Award. But you'll need a user name (LNA) and a password (spaceman) to access the photo gallery.

For your information, the Lennart Nilsson Award, which started in 1998, is administered by the Karolinska Institutet and gives about $15,000 to the winner.

In order to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the prize, the Lennart Nilsson Award Foundation is arranging a photography exhibition at Galleri Kontrast in Stockholm from October 11 to November 2, 2008. If you have the chance to visit this gallery, please send me a note.

Sources: Karolinska Institutet news release, September 25, 2008; and various websites

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