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Picturing Health on World Health Day

World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April and is a day that provides an opportunity for individuals in every community to increase their awareness of lifestyle changes that can lead to better health.

Increasing public awareness about living a healthier life can mean switching to a healthier diet and participating in more physical activity. It can also mean ensuring people have access to services that provide the early detection of conditions such as cancer, Parkinson’s, and stroke.

This image of the human heart was taken by the Revolution CT - GE Healthcare’s latest computed tomography (CT) Scanner

This image of the human heart was taken by the Revolution CT – GE Healthcare’s latest computed tomography (CT) Scanner.

Early detection of a condition greatly increases the chances for successful treatment and a positive outcome leading to reduced medical expenses and time spent in a hospital or clinic. Technology has a big role to play in this. Computed tomography (CT) machines for example provide high-definition images that enable medical professionals to detect abnormalities within the brain, heart, and other internal organs quickly and accurately.

The 3D image to the right was taken with GE Healthcare’s latest computed tomography (CT) Scanner. The Revolution CT is able to capture the heart’s movements during one heartbeat. This real-time image shows the Revolution CT is quicker and more accurate whilst using a lower radiation dose.

The images below are from GE Healthcare Life Sciences’ annual competition that showcases the beauty of cells and the inspiring research of cellular biologists from around the world. Scientists use either high-content analysis or high- and super resolution microscopy to better understand  at the cellular level a wide variety of conditions such as cancer, neurodegenerative disease  and infections.  The magnifying and analytical capabilities of these two techniques allow  scientists to make more insightful observations that can help in the development of  better, safer Medicines.

This amazing image is of a cancerous lung cell. Known as an adenocarcinoma, it is a cancer that begins in cells found in the lining of internal organs. Most adenocarcinomas are found in the breast, pancreas, lung, prostate, and colon. In this image the cell has been stained to show the protein F-actin (green) which is involved in cell division, mitochondria "the cells’ power plants" (red) and DNA (blue); for research into cancers arising in these cells.

This amazing image is of a cancerous lung cell. Known as an adenocarcinoma, it is a cancer that begins in cells found in the lining of internal organs. Most adenocarcinomas are found in the breast, pancreas, lung, prostate, and colon. In this image the cell has been stained to show the protein F-actin (green) which is involved in cell division, mitochondria “the cells’ power plants” (red) and DNA (blue); for research into cancers arising in these cells.

This beautiful image shows a mouse spermatocyte. The male equivalent of a female (immature & unfertilised) egg it is used to research into fertility. In the image proteins (KASH5 & SCP3), which are involved in cell division (meiosis), are shown in red and green, and DNA can be seen in blue.

This beautiful image shows a mouse spermatocyte. The male equivalent of a female (immature & unfertilised) egg it is used to research into fertility. In the image proteins (KASH5 & SCP3), which are involved in cell division (meiosis), are shown in red and green, and DNA can be seen in blue.

Revolution CT image of the pelvis: fast body imaging with 4 volumes 120kV / 280mA / 0.5sec rotation / BMI 29 / 10mSv.

Revolution CT image of the pelvis: fast body imaging with 4 volumes 120kV / 280mA / 0.5sec rotation / BMI 29 / 10mSv.

These pictures show how technology can be used in the early detection of conditions and in laboratories worldwide that are dedicated to finding new therapies to treat a wide variety of diseases. World Health Day seeks to highlight this and the time and technological innovations used to promote health and wellbeing for everyone. It’s also an opportunity for all to get to know more about achieving better health for individuals, communities, and populations around the world.

 

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