Weight Gain: Take a look Inside 250 & 120 Pound Bodies

The National Library of Medicine’s Visible Human Project®.” has created an astounding collection of over 18,000 anatomical, three-dimensional images of normal male and female human bodies. Using techniques such as CT (Computerized Tomography), MR (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), and cryosection images the project has provided a stunning array of images and video that were never before available for viewing by scientists and the general public. To see another VERY cool video of a “melt through of the human body”, click here . You will need Real Player to view these clips (download free version of Real Player by going to http://www.real.com/freeplayer)

Computerized Tomography is the process of using computerized digital processing to generate a three-dimensional image of the internal organs using a series of two-dimensional x-ray images. The individual x-ray image “slices” are taken using a x-ray tube that rotates around the object taking many scans as the body is moved through the gantry. The scans from each 360 degree sweep are processed to produce a single cross-section. The word “tomography” is derived from the Greek tomos (slice) and graphia (describing).

Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a technique for creating images of organs inside living organisms. It is primarily used to visualize pathology or other abnormalities in living tissues and is now a commonly used form of medical imaging.

The male cadaver used in the Visible Human Project was from Joseph Paul Jernigan, a 38-year-old Texas convicted murderer who was executed by lethal injection on August 5, 1993. He donated his body for scientific research at the recommendation of the prison pastor. Some people have expressed ethical concerns over this. The female donor remains anonymous.

The male cadaver was frozen and cut into 1,871 axial slices (1 mm) which were photographed and digitized yielding more than 65 gigabytes of data! The female cadaver was cut into 0.3 mm slices yielding some 40 gigabytes of data.

The goal of the Visible Human Project was to produce images that contribute to our knowledge of human anatomy for medical, educational, and research purposes. Continuing discoveries are being made as a result of this project.


from – http://people.fmarion.edu/tbarbeau/anatomy.news.htm

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17 comments on “Weight Gain: Take a look Inside 250 & 120 Pound Bodies

  1. Wow! What how amazing. That should be a wake up call. I’m trying to lose weight, it’s so hard when you find out you have something (fructose intolerance) and no one can seem to tell me what I can eat. I’m so confused about that. One place says one thing, another says something else…ugh!
    So I’m now about 50lbs over weight, and my heaviest ever!

    But today was a good day, and if I continue to have them, I will be able to start exercising, swimming….I’ll get this weight off, or become a 190 lb, slab of muscle! hahaha

    It’s hard the controversy over the donation of the body of a person who was sentenced to death. There has been a lot of speculation about the origin of the bodies in “The Body” exhibit. I don’t think they really know exactly where all those bodies came from.

    Oh, and Laurie, I binged last night myself. At 2am, I go downstairs because I’m too hungry to go to sleep, I think a little oatmeal would hit the spot…after a bowl of oatmeal, left over creamed spinach, 4 slices of ham, and a bunch of pickles…I was finally going back to bed…yes, I had the knew to take an acid reducer before sleeping.
    How can I lose weight if I’m eating like this?
    I keep telling my husband, I’m craving vegetables, and fruit (much of which I can’t eat now) and I’m eating myself to death trying to get them.

    good luck to all of us trying to lose a few pounds!


      • thank you Melisa,
        I’ve looked at everything I can find about Fructose Intolerance. The information is so contradictory…the main thing that’s so hard is I can eat a certain amount of some veggies, but if I go over, or eat them too often…symptoms. and trying something new can take up to 3 days to show symptoms…then I’m confused..was it the new thing, or did I over do it, or should I not have eaten it with something else.

        The best research is out of Australia. I’m working on it. but it would be easier if I could find someone local who understood it to help me.

        I’ve been to a nutritionist about it, was told I could eat things I know I can’t. and couldn’t eat some things that I know I can…confusing!

        I will figure it out…I know I will!
        Good luck!
        keep us up to date on how you are doing.

        Judith: I’ve heard the same thing…but I don’t know if it’s true. I know growing up my mom always said if you were craving something then your body was missing something it wasn’t getting. Could be a little of both?


        • Wendy,
          From my reading I think Mom knew best. What she didn’t know is it isn’t about the specific food it’s about needing a boost in neurochemical/adrenal energy. The latest research indicates it’s less about the specific food we crave and more about needing what is called “energy dense foods”. So the trick apparently is substituting healthier, lower calorie NUTRIENT dense food for the higher calorie ENERGY dense food (read sugar & simple carbs)
          When the ratio of nutrients to calories in the food you eat is high, fat mass is reduced.

          Well, that’s how I interpret the research – not that my interpretations are spot-on . . .


  2. Really fascinating! Noticing what could be joint problems in both figures which is interesting or perhaps just the way the figures were laid out. Gotta get my mind-set on doing exercise! Wasn’t a problem earlier in my life, but pc and TV have become too much of a habit 😦
    Thanks for the see-thru….mE


  3. very educational and I know what I SHOULD do. But, it didn’t prevent me from eating my vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting and blue sprinkles that was shaped as Cookie Monster tonight. I know all about emotional eating.


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