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By James Elkins

ISBN-10: 0415922542

ISBN-13: 9780415922548

James Elkins's How to take advantage of Your Eyes invitations us to appear at--and possibly to determine for the 1st time--the global round us, with breathtaking effects. listed here are the typical artifacts of lifestyles, usually misunderstood and principally neglected, introduced into notable concentration. With the discerning eye of a painter and the keenness of a detective, Elkins explores complex such things as mandalas, the periodic desk, or a hieroglyph, remaking the area right into a treasure field of observations--eccentric, usual, impressive.

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Radiologists watch for enlarged hearts (a sign of heart disease) and hearts that are actually pushed to one side or the other (which may be a sign of lung disease or tumors). As a general rule, the width of the heart on the X ray should be less than half the maximum width of the rib cage measured from side to side inside the ribs. That is the “cardiothoracic ratio,” and it is used as a rule of thumb to assess the possibility of disease. This woman’s cardiothoracic ratio is less than one half. The large, dark cavity that occupies most of the space on this film is the lungs, which are dark because they are filled with air.

Or else it could have been caused by a road surface that is too thin to sustain the weight of the trucks that pass over it. 1 Cracked pavement. Monroe Street, Chicago. 1998. Rutting. ) Or it could have been caused because the underlying layers of the road are too weak. In this case it looks as if the underlying material is giving way, because the alligator cracking lies on a bigger crack that goes right up onto the curb (at the bottom of the photo), which is also cracked. Probably the whole infrastructure of the road will have to be rebuilt.

Occasionally a vessel will be oriented head-on to the film and will appear as a little dot. 4). Patients with tuberculosis and other diseases show spots, more or less faint and weblike, in parts of the lung. Radiologists are very sharp-eyed for slight increases in lung density; any thin veil or dappled patch might be the sign of an incipient disease. This lung is healthy and full of air. The abdomen is divided in two portions by two opaque bulges. They mark the position of the curves of the diaphragm, a tentlike muscle that isolates the lungs h ow t o l o o k a t a n x ra y by organs such as the liver, spleen, kidneys, intestines, and stomach, so the lower 39 and you can follow the fat up into the armpit on that side.

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